Training and Technical Assistance
Rights4Girls is proud to partner with the National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges (NCJFCJ) on the National Judicial Institute on Domestic Child Sex Trafficking. Rights4Girls worked with NCJFCJ to conceptualize, develop, and launch the first Institute in 2014. Since then, we have conducted a number of judicial trainings throughout the country educating judges on how to identify and improve their response toward trafficked youth and ensure that no trafficked child is criminalized for their victimization. Our intensive two-and-a-half day judicial workshops explore the most current topics in victim behavior, identification, perpetrator dynamics, implicit bias, and judicial decision-making within the context of child sex trafficking cases. As faculty experts, we educate delinquency, dependency/family, criminal, and tribal court judges on how to recognize child trafficking victims in their courtrooms so that youth may be afforded the services they need, instead of being routed into the justice system as perpetrators. The Institute also provides information on the importance of multi-disciplinary approaches to trafficking and the need to coordinate across child welfare, juvenile justice, education, healthcare, and law enforcement to provide appropriate treatment interventions to child victims.
To date, we have trained over 400 judicial officers nationwide and will continue to work with NCJFCJ to educate and empower judges to discover ways in which they can better serve this population. Click here to learn more about our National Judicial Institute on Domestic Child Sex Trafficking.
In addition to training judges, Rights4Girls conducts trainings, webinars and workshops for system stakeholders, service providers, advocates, and communities. Our presentations educate attendees about the forms of violence and oppression vulnerable girls face on a regular basis, and teach participants how, in their respect roles, they can center the needs of vulnerable and marginalized girls. To date, our team has educated thousands of people across the country on topics including juvenile justice, alternatives to detention, sex trafficking and violence against girls.