CENTER FOR PUBLIC POLICY STUDIES (CPPS)
The Center for Public Policy Studies (CPPS) is a Colorado non-profit [501(c)(3)] organization established in 1984 to provide technical research, consulting and development services to public-sector agencies. CPPS specializes in policy research, program evaluation, strategic planning, management analysis, and systems development. For the past several years, staff have studied and provided technical assistance and training to state courts nationally on two major issues: (1) the challenges for state courts in addressing the needs of immigrant litigants and, more recently, (2) state courts’ responses to dealing with human trafficking victims and their traffickers. Please visit the CPPS website to view and download more of our work on immigration issues, including information cards, training materials, our weekly news digest, and articles from the resource library.
THE NATIONAL JUDICIAL COLLEGE
The National Judicial College (the NJC) began in 1963. The NJC’s mission is education, innovation and advancing justice. It educates judges domestically and internationally and also provides technical assistance. The NJC began working on human trafficking issues in 2010 when the Upper Midwest Community Policing Institute contracted with the NJC under a Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA) grant to develop a human trafficking curriculum for judges. Further, the NJC has presented state specific human trafficking programs to judges at in-state conferences in Arkansas, Georgia, Indiana, Nebraska and New Jersey, and is scheduled to present in North Dakota on November 19, 2012. In the past five years, the NJC has worked with nearly all of the states on either a contract basis, in partnership, or through the education of their judges. Please visit the National Judicial College’s website to read more about our ongoing work.
THE CENTER FOR COURT INNOVATION
The Center for Court Innovation, a recipient of an Innovations in American Government Award from Harvard University and the Ford Foundation, and a Peter F. Drucker Award for Nonprofit Innovation, is a national leader in the development, study, and dissemination of community-based, problem-solving criminal justice initiatives, including specialized prostitution courts directed at addressing human trafficking issues. The Center is a public/private partnership between the New York State Court System and the Fund for the City of New York, which works to aid victims, reduce recidivism, and increase public trust in justice. Please visit the Center for Court Innovation’s website to read more about our ongoing work.
NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF WOMEN JUDGES
The National Association of Women Judges’ mission is to: Promote the judicial role of protecting the rights of individuals under the rule of law through strong, committed, diverse judicial leadership, fairness and equality in the courts, and equal access to justice. NAWJ is the nation’s leading voice for women jurists dedicated to preserving judicial independence, ensuring equal justice and access to the courts for women, minorities and other historically disfavored groups, providing judicial education on cutting-edge issues, and increasing the numbers and advancement of women judges at all levels to more accurately reflect their full participation in a democratic society. We provide unique opportunities for members to enrich their professional lives, keep abreast of important issues, and network while contributing to social justice. Our members include federal, state, tribal, military and administrative law judges at both the appellate and trial levels from every state in the nation. NAWJ was at the forefront in the establishment and implementation of gender bias task forces in both federal and state courts. We advanced the administration of justice in areas of domestic violence, child support and child custody, and the treatment of women in the courts of America. We are committed to our efforts in educating judges on bioethics, elder abuse, sentencing of women offenders with substance abuse problems, conditions for women in prison, and the problems facing immigrants in our court system. Please visit the NAWJ website to read more about our ongoing work.
Established in 1970, Legal Momentum is the nation’s oldest legal advocacy organization dedicated to advancing the rights of women and girls. Established in 1980, the National Judicial Education Program to Promote Equality for Women and Men in the Courts (NJEP) is a unique, award-winning project of Legal Momentum in cooperation with the National Association of Women Judges. NJEP educates judges, attorneys, and justice system professionals about the myriad ways in which gender bias and myths and misconceptions about the social and economic realities of women’s and men’s lives can undermine fairness across the spectrum of criminal, civil, family and juvenile law. NJEP has designed and presented programs for judicial colleges and organizations, bar associations, and law schools across the country. In addition to developing and presenting model curricula, NJEP creates DVDs and web courses and publishes frequently in publications such as Judicature and The Judges’ Journal. Visit the Legal Momentum website for more information about our work.
National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges
The National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges (NCJFCJ) is the nation’s oldest and largest judicial membership organizations. The NCJFCJ serves judges and other professionals in the juvenile and family justice systems with cutting-edge trainings, wide-ranging technical assistance, and research. In serving as the voice for this nation’s juvenile and family court judges, the NCJFCJ in 2013 put out a call for courts and communities to respond to the growing problem of domestic child sex trafficking. Since then, it has sought to raise awareness of this difficult issue and to expand the community of allies working to address the needs of victims of domestic child sex trafficking. In October 2013, the NCJFCJ partnered with the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP) of the U.S. Department of Justice and the Human Rights Project for Girls to convene a community roundtable discussion on the appropriate role of the courts in addressing the needs of the victims of domestic child sex trafficking. Also, the NCJFCJ, with OJJDP funding, is developing a national judicial institute and judicial practice tools that will enhance the ability of juvenile and family court judges to identify and serve victims of domestic child sex trafficking.
Center for Human Trafficking Court Solutions
The Center for Human Trafficking Court Solutions (CHTCS) supports court efforts to end human trafficking. CHTCS will continue the work started by the Human Trafficking and the State Courts Collaborative, and its work with state courts around the country. CHTCS’s primary mission is to secure funds and other resources for the benefit of state courts working to develop court-based solutions to human trafficking issues. CHTCS’s mission is guided by the resolutions adopted by the Conference of Chief Justices and Conference of State Court Administrators. Implementation programs will be supported as directed by state and local courts.