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John J. Romero, Jr.

Judge John Romero Robe NewThe Honorable John J. Romero, Jr.

Immediate Past President, National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges

Judge Romero is the Presiding Judge of the Children’s Court Division of the Second Judicial District Court in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Judge Romero also serves as a Therapeutic Court Judge for the Program for the Empowerment of Girls (PEG), an intensive multi-agency juvenile probation program for girls who have some type of violence in their history. Judge Romero began his tenure on the bench in 2003 as a District Court Judge. He is Co-Chair Emeritus of the Children’s Court Improvement Commission, a past member of the New Mexico Tribal-State Judicial Consortium, serves on the Board of Directors of the National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges, and served on the Resource Guidelines: Improving Court Practice in Child Abuse and Neglect Cases Revision Committee. He is a frequent trainer on issues related to juvenile justice and child welfare. He is a graduate of the University of New Mexico School of Law.

Relevant Research Data

Judge’s Action Alert: Judges’ Roles in Promoting Youth-Centered Legal Permanency

Teen Dating Violence and LGBTQIA+ Youth: A Resource to Support Judges and Other Professionals Interacting with Teen Victims and Offenders

New Fact Sheet by NCJJ shows Youths Arrests for Violent Crime in 2020 Drop to New Low

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