CENTER FOR JUDICIAL EXCELLENCE

Justice. Accountability. Integrity.

aka CJE   |   San Rafael, CA   |  www.centerforjudicialexcellence.org

Mission

The Center for Judicial Excellence is committed to improving the Judiciary's public accountability and strengthening and maintaining the integrity of the courts. CJE is dedicated to public education and community outreach about individual rights in the court system. Since it's founding, CJE has filled a critical void, shining a light on a vital branch of government that wields tremendous power over the lives of average people. CJE has empowered citizen leadership, inspired government action, and become a major catalyst in building a national movement for family court reform. In 2008, CJE made a special commitment to protecting the rights of children and vulnerable populations in the courts, which continues to this day.

Ruling year info

2008

Executive Director

Ms. Kathleen Russell

Main address

PO Box 150793

San Rafael, CA 94915 USA

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EIN

20-4892221

NTEE code info

Administration of Justice, Courts (Court Administration, Court Reform, Alternatives to Litigation and Sentencing) (I50)

Single Organization Support (R11)

Administration of Justice, Courts (Court Administration, Court Reform, Alternatives to Litigation and Sentencing) (I50)

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

There is a family court crisis seriously harming many thousands of protective parents and abused children throughout the U.S. who bring legitimate claims and evidence that one of the parents is sexually or physically abusing a child and their pleas for protection and safety are routinely rejected. Instead, perpetrators of abuse are often entrusted with unsupervised visits and/or joint or sole custody of the children they abuse, putting children in danger of serious, often life-threatening harm. Additionally, judges routinely force children into traumatic “reunification camps” where they are stripped from the care and contact with their protective parent and forced to go with their abuser into an unregulated settings such as hotel rooms where they employ "threat therapy" with unlicensed practitioners. The most problematic aspect of the family court crisis is the almost complete lack of judicial accountability including oversight of court appointees in family courts.

Our programs

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What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Public Education

Our public education program works to educate the public about the devastating crisis in our family court system that is harming millions of American children. We use social media and our website to share this information on a daily basis.

Population(s) Served
Adults
Parents

In 2021, we started a youth survivor-led initiative to provide support and advocacy opportunities for young adult survivors of the family court system, including young adults who were forced by family court order into threat-therapy reunification programs like Family Bridges, which attempt to brainwash children into erasing the childhood abuse they experienced at the hands of a parent. These young advocates are the future of this movement, and our new program will provide them with leadership and advocacy training, and peer support.

Population(s) Served
Young adults

We are training protective parents and young adult survivors of the family court system to advocate for system reforms focused on keeping children safe and alive with lawmakers at the state and federal level in the United States. They are being trained as advocates and nurtured into leadership positions in numerous states on an ongoing basis through 2022. They will track legislation, draft state legislation and testify at hearings as they build ongoing relationships with key lawmakers in their states.

Population(s) Served
Older adults
Young adults
Parents
Victims of crime and abuse

Where we work

Goals & Strategy

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Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

The Center for Judicial Excellence has worked tirelessly to educate lawmakers at the local, state and national levels about the impacts of the family court crisis on their constituents. While we recognize the importance of pushing for and winning key legislative reforms that will better protect children and their families, we also recognize that the family courts routinely ignore state law and judges often do whatever they want in their courtrooms. Appellate courts rarely take up family law appeals, instead giving broad discretion to family court judges. We continue to believe that the lack of accountability in family courts, and to some extent in the judicial branch as a whole, is the single biggest problem facing litigants who find themselves stuck in a never-ending series of court hearings that drag on for years and deplete their life savings.

The Center has also remained steadfast in sharing victims’ stories for over a decade. We are firm believers in the power of story to transform lives. Without it, serious problems like the family court crisis will continue to fester in the darkness that surround these venues of heartache and tragic loss. From continuously educating the news media and developing content about the crisis to partnering with state and federal lawmakers who are willing to work for reforms, we are shining a light on the horrific crisis that is harming unsuspecting families across the country and the world.

The Center for Judicial Excellence's strength is rooted in its unique mix of public education, media advocacy and legislative advocacy. Our ability to expose court failures and push for judicial accountability through the media has connected us with court survivors and lawmakers, who in turn have driven meaningful state policy reforms of the judiciary. The Center has been especially effective at working to protect the rights of children whose parents are going through divorce, and the organization has been in the forefront of exposing a national crisis in the family court system that is harming millions of innocent children.

Financials

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CENTER FOR JUDICIAL EXCELLENCE

Board of directors
as of 11/22/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Patti Cohn

Darrel Riley

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Marivic Mabanag

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Stephen Burdo

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Elsa Ng

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Patti Cohn

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Organizational demographics

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Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

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Equity strategies

Last updated: 11/20/2021

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Policies and processes
  • We seek individuals from various race backgrounds for board and executive director/CEO positions within our organization.
  • We have community representation at the board level, either on the board itself or through a community advisory board.