Judge Heather Stein Russell gets to see women transform from the first day they enter her courtroom to the day they graduate. Russell oversees a program called CHANGE Court, which began in 2014. CHANGE stands for Changing Habits And Setting New Goals is Empowering.
The women who come to Russell's courtroom are victims of sex trafficking and suffer from addiction. The program offers treatment for trauma, job training and psychological and medical help. Graduates of CHANGE Court have a job, a place to live and Russell often sees them reunited with their children.
Joining Cincinnati Edition to discuss CHANGE Court is Hamilton County Municipal Court Judge Heather Stein Russell.
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