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Ramona A. Gonzalez

Hon Ramona GonzalezThe Honorable Ramona A. Gonzalez

President, National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges

Judge Ramona A. Gonzalez is from La Crosse, Wisconsin. Judge Gonzalez has been serving as a State of Wisconsin Circuit Judge since April 1995. Born in the Dominican Republic, Judge Gonzalez becomes the first foreign-born NCJFCJ president. She was first elected as a circuit judge in 1995 and re-elected in 2001, 2007 and 2013. Judge Gonzalez is a leading expert on family law issues, specializing in particular on national and international matters relating to child abduction, unaccompanied minors and immigration, LGBTQ+ youth, and domestic violence. She has participated in conventions, conferences, seminars and workgroups throughout the world as a representative of the U.S. judiciary, and regularly addresses national and international audiences as a trainer and keynote speaker.

Judge Gonzalez served on the Wisconsin Anti-Human Trafficking Task Force and is a member of the Wisconsin Judicial Committee on Child Welfare and the Wisconsin Department of Children and Families, Advisory Council of Juvenile Justice. On a national level, she is also a member of the National Juvenile Defender Center Judicial Council, Association of Family and Conciliation Courts, American Judges Association, and the National American Indian Court Judges Association. Earlier this year, Judge Gonzalez testified before the House Judiciary Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism, and Homeland Security on the Reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA).

Judge Gonzalez received her bachelor’s degree in political science from Loyola University in Chicago and her law degree from the Marquette University Law School.

Relevant Research Data

Strategies for Engaging Youth and Families with Lived Experiences

Collateral Consequences of Juvenile Court Involvement: Obstacles to Opportunities

Enhanced Resource Guidelines: Child Welfare Workers' Companion Guide

Impact Updates

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Requests for technical assistance

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Judges, judicial officers, attorneys, and other juvenile and family court-related professionals trained

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Members