Cleveland Municipal Court Celebrates the Holidays and Achievements

Cleveland Municipal Court's Human Trafficking Docket, Veteran's Treatment Docket, Community Court and Greater Cleveland Drug Court are celebrating the holidays and the achievements of their participants as 14 participants recently completed the requirements of their respective programs. 

Human Trafficking Specialized Docket
The Honorable Marilyn B. Cassidy

The Human Trafficking Specialized Docket (HTSD), also known as the Freedom Lives in You (F.L.Y.) Docket, celebrated its latest achievement ceremony on Monday December 17, 2018 as three participants completed their program. Tenisha Grant-Watson, Executive Director of Jordan House CRC was the keynote speaker and Sr. Ceclia Liberatore, Participant Advocate at the Renee Jones Empowerment Center gave the benediction.  Each F.L.Y. docket participant received homemade cookies and candy and scarves and hats which were hand-knitted by the Congregation of the Sisters of St. Joseph.

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The HTSD was developed to address the needs of adult victims of human trafficking who are forced, compelled or coerced to engage in criminal activities that result in their involvement with the City of Cleveland’s criminal justice system. The mission of the HTSD is to establish an integrated approach to provide services and treatment  necessary for trafficking victims to regain control of their lives.

Veterans Treatment Specialized Docket
The Honorable Charles L. Patton, Jr.

The Veterans Treatment Specialized Docket celebrated its latest achievement ceremony on Tuesday, December 18, 2018. In addition to being a graduation ceremony and holiday party for VTD participants and veteran mentors, the VTD recognized David Shawlson, who is retiring from the Veteran's Administration after 32 years of service. David worked with VTD clients as a representative of the V.A.

The Veteran's Treatment Docket serves active duty military service members and veterans who have returned to civilian life with significant psychical and mental trauma that may have contributed to their involvement with the court. Participants are provided with access to various treatment options along with a six-month mentoring program that provides one-on-one mentoring sessions designed to give veterans much needed support and feedback from another veteran.

Community Court Docket
The Honorable Suzan Marie Sweeney

Community Court celebrated its latest achievement ceremony on Tuesday, December 18, 2018 with ten participants completing the requirements of their program. The Community Court Docket responds to quality-of-life crimes by ordering offenders to pay back the communities they harmed through visible community service projects like painting over graffiti, beautifying neighborhood parks and cleaning litter. This program also links offenders to services designed to help address underlying issues fueling their criminal behavior including, drug and alcohol treatment, mental health services, job training and public benefits.

Greater Cleveland Drug Court
The Honorable Lauren C. Moore

Participants of the Greater Cleveland Drug Court celebrated their achievements to date with a holiday gathering on Wednesday, December 19, 2018.  Drug Court clients, Judge Moore, agency representatives and staff all took part in the celebration.

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