The National Judicial Institute on Domestic Child Sex Trafficking (NJIDCST) offers training programs for judges that address the serious issue of child sex trafficking in the United States. Created in partnership with the U.S. Department of Justice, Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention, and Rights4Girls in 2014, the Institute provides judges with a highly interactive educational opportunity to expand their knowledge of trafficking risk factors, victim identification, effective intervention strategies, cultural considerations, and much more. The Institute aims to instill a stronger sense of judges’ courtroom and community roles to help prevent and end domestic child sex trafficking.
Recently, the NJIDCST integrated a special segment titled “Judges Can.” “Judges Can” focuses on the real-world practical applications of the curriculum, which covers eight independent topical areas such as victim and perpetrator behavior, trafficking dynamics, culture, judicial decision-making, and the legal landscape of trafficking law. “Judges Can” allows participants to take a step back after each segment and explore how they can make immediate changes to their own judicial practice from the moment they return to their courtroom. By drawing upon the experience of some of the best and brightest judicial experts in the country, the NJIDCST helps judicial officers understand the steppingstones behind crafting a strong, sustainable response to child sex trafficking cases. “Judges Can” answers complex questions for judges like How do you talk to a child who has experienced trauma? How do you create a trafficking task force? What is the best intervention for dual jurisdiction youth? If you are a judicial officer who is looking for practical ways to respond to sex trafficking in your jurisdiction, we hope you will consider attending the next NJIDCST training.
Each program is led by a faculty team of experienced judges and other experts from across the country who have pioneered work on domestic child sex trafficking in the courtroom and beyond.
Judge Catherine Pratt
Judge John J. Romero, Jr.
Yasmin Vafa, JD
The online resources page features a variety of issue briefs, research articles, sample protocols, curricula, and other resources for judges and other professionals looking to learn more about domestic child sex trafficking.
Various NJIDCST research reports have also been developed based on participant evaluations from the following Institutes:
- September 2018 – Houston, TX
- August 2018 – Portland, OR
- February 2018 – Asheville, NC
- June 2017 – San Diego, CA
- March 2017 – Austin, TX
- September 2016 – Washington, D.C.
- May 2016 – Reno, NV
- November 2014 – Reno, NV
A follow-up survey was also conducted among 34 participants of 5 Institutes. The following report summarizes their responses regarding the application of knowledge gained during the Institutes.
The NCJFCJ’s National Center for Juvenile Justice (NCJJ) staff conducted an analysis of the data collected over time in order to understand the cumulative performance of the seven training events (2014-2018) containing a total of 134 participants. The analysis centered around ~17 of the Likert Scale and Ordinal measures common between these institutes, including 15 areas of knowledge, satisfaction, and number of identified risk factors.
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This project is supported by Grant No. 2018-CT-FX-K001 awarded by the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention, U.S. Department of Justice. The opinions, findings, conclusions, and recommendations expressed on this webpage are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention, U.S. Department of Justice or the National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges.