Upcoming Webinars and Trainings

Exercising Judicial Leadership on the Deinstitutionalization of Status Offenders

November 14, 2014 at 1:00pm ET
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Every day, juvenile court judges bring together a range of family members, attorneys and advocates, service providers, and others to inform decisions in the best interest of youth and to preserve public safety. Judges in many ways are natural convenors in the juvenile justice system. CJJ recently released "Exercising Judicial Leadership to Reform the Care of Non-Delinquent Youth: A Convenor’s Action Guide for Developing a Multi-Stakeholder Process," a tool to support judges seeking to do that work and have that impact. 

This webinar will focus on how judges can act as convenors and improve outcomes for non-delinquent youth in their communities. Presenters will offer concrete steps judicial leaders and other juvenile justice practitioners can take to convene a multi-stakeholder process and illustrate these actions in practice by sharing their experiences leveraging their roles on the bench to make a difference in the lives of youth and families in need. 

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Child Trafficking and Juvenile Justice

November 19, 2014 at 3:00pm ET
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Each year, roughly 100,000 children inside the United States are victims of child sex trafficking. Although many federal and state efforts are underway to prevent trafficking, and to provide better responses to victims, a number of these children are charged with prostitution and placed in juvenile detention facilities. Youth may also be charged with other offenses that are linked to their being trafficked, such as excessive absences from school or curfew violations. CJJ will hold the first in a series of webinars about human trafficking on November 19th at 3:00pm ET. It will include a discussion of what sex trafficking is, how it impacts its victims, and the history of U.S. responses to this complicated problem. Presenters will also discuss the intersection of trafficking with juvenile and criminal justice, particularly for high risk populations like runaway and homeless youth. Current federal and state laws to prevent the criminalization of trafficking victims will be shared, along with efforts underway among juvenile justice agencies, State Advisory Groups and others. 

Presenters will include: 

  • Elizabeth Pfenning, Training & Technical Assistance Specialist, Polaris 
  • Darla Bardine, Executive Director, National Network for Youth 
  • Naomi Smoot, Policy and Government Relations Associate, Coalition for Juvenile Justice