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New Resource on Changing Practices in the Juvenile Justice system on Child Sex Trafficking

A new publication from the National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges (NCJFCJ) documents an evolution taking place in the juvenile justice system — from considering youth victims of trafficking to be criminals to understanding that they are victims in need of trauma-informed care and services. According to NCJFCJ, this change has come about “as courts have learned about the risk factors of early childhood trauma and adolescent brain development.” The National Clearinghouse on Homeless Youth and Families spoke with one of the report authors about Voices from the Bench: Judicial Perspectives on Handling Child Sex Trafficking Cases, the importance of documenting changing practices across the country, and how youth workers with expertise on trauma can help expand this conversation with the justice system in their own communities.

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