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CJS Program: Immigration & Trafficking Special Topic Course

The Continuing Judicial Skills in Domestic Violence Cases (CJS) Program is specifically designed for judges who have successfully completed the Enhancing Judicial Skills in Domestic Violence Cases Workshop (EJS). The CJS Program Special Topic Courses addresses judges’ specific challenges in new or emerging complex topics facing the courts. This specific course is 1 day. 

Immigration & Trafficking Course

Participants in the Immigration and Trafficking course will be better able to,

  • Identify “red flags” in cases that may have immigration or status consequences;
  • Assess the immigration implications of civil protection orders and criminal convictions;
  • Enhance access to justice for immigrant victims of domestic violence and trafficking;
  • Craft civil dispositions that enhance victim safety and autonomy while considering collateral consequences; and
  • Document facts in state court proceedings to preserve the victim’s immigration remedies.



All state and tribal court judges and judicial officers (commissioners, referees, etc.) nationwide who have successfully completed the EJS are eligible to attend the workshops, but priority will be given to judges from jurisdictions currently receiving one of the following OVW Grants: (1) Grants to Encourage Arrest, (2) STOP Violence Against Indian Women Grants, or (3) Rural Domestic Violence and Child Victimization Enforcement Grant; (4) Court Training and Improvement Program. Program Priority is also given to OVW funded agencies jurisdictions that send more than one judge. The program is offered free of charge. Local OVW funded agencies and some courts might cover their judges’ travel and per diem costs. All participants are responsible for their own travel and per diem costs.