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Every day, judicial officers across the world feel the stress of making life altering decisions affecting their fellow citizens. The position of judicial officer inherently carries with it the responsibility of being a community leader and living by a set of higher morals and ethical values both in and out of the courthouse setting.

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Robert Hawkins Award

The Robert Hawkins Award is in honor of Robert Hawkins, who served as Superintendent of the Colorado Mental Health Institute of Pueblo until his untimely death in July 2002. Robert Hawkins is remembered not only for his strong leadership as a mental health professional but also for his extensive volunteer service and his ability to demonstrate, both professionally and personally, his love of mankind and advocacy for individuals with mental illness.  The criterion for this award is an individual that has demonstrated significant achievements or advancements in the mental health community during his/her career that compliments MHAP's mission.

Feel very humbled and honored to receive the Robert Hawkins Award. I am teaching out of town and not able to attend. 

Our Services

We provide services to judicial officers to educate and encourage the well being of judges and judicial staff.  As judges, we need to recognize that since the work has both a gross and subtle impact on us on many levels, we must maintain our well-being physically, emotionally, mentally and spiritually to best serve our communities and access the wisdom necessary to be fair and just.

Training

Classes

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Speaking/

Presentations

Consulting

1 on 1 Conversations

Webinars

Leading a Balanced Life
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The Invitation with guest Victor Reyes
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The Invitation with guest Victor Reyes

Victor Reyes spent most of his legal career working in the Colorado Criminal Justice System, first as a public defender and then 15 years as a judge for the 10th Judicial District in Southern Colorado. In that time, he developed a deep understanding of the people he defended and whose cases came before him. In 2015, he retired from the bench but soon would be working within the criminal justice system again, this time as a yoga and meditation teacher. Victor had been introduced to the spiritual and yogic practices that would “change the course of his life” in 2012. Seeing the benefits of the practices in his personal life, after Victor retired from the bench, he contacted the management of the Youth Offender System (YOS) in La Vista, Colorado. The young men sentenced to this facility were usually convicted of violent felonies. It was a last opportunity for the youth before the system would transfer them to the general population. It felt like the right place to try to make a difference. Shortly after he began working with the youth, he was asked to provide practices for adults at the La Vista Correctional Facility. Around this time, he also started work with groups of survivors of domestic violence. In 2018, Victor began leading yoga practices at the minimum security camp at the Federal Correctional facility in Florence, Colorado. Shortly after, he was asked to bring mediation classes to the USP ADMAX-Florence facility, one of the highest security correctional facilities in the US. He has provided training locally, nationally, and internationally on issues related to domestic violence since 2002 and personal wellness since 2016. He also facilitates groups for elementary-age children who reside in underfunded communities in Pueblo. RSVP to witness the stories Judge Reyes has to share. His life is a true testament to yoga in action.
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Judicial Officers & Vicarious Trauma

Resources

Vicarious trauma has been defined as the cumulative inner transformative effect of bearing witness to abuse, violence and trauma in the lives of people who we care about, are open to and are committed to helping. Trauma is inherent to the work of the judicial system; vicarious trauma and stress are natural by-products.​​

Conferences

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Partners in Judicial Trainings

​We have partnered with the following organizations to provide training and classes on domestic violence, mindfulness, yoga and ethics. We have facilitated discussions on issues related to self-respect and self-compassion for the Youth Offender System.​​

Domestic Violence Training

  • Colorado Judicial Department

  • Hawaiian Bar Association

  • Judicial Education Departments in 40 States

  • La Vista Correctional Facility-Colorado Department of Corrections (Domestic Survivors Group)

  • National Center For State Courts (NCSC)

  • National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges (NCJFCJ)

  • National Judges Association

  • National Judicial College (NJC)

  • National Judicial Institute on Domestic Violence (NJIDV)

  • Office of Violence Against Women (OVW)

  • Supervised Visitation Network

  • Ukrainian Judges

  • United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC)

Yoga, Mindfulness, Meditation and

Ethics Classes

  • Colorado Correctional Facilities

  • Federal Bureau of Prisons-Camp

  • La Vista Correctional Facility-Colorado Department of Corrections

  • STAGES Program at United States Penitentiary and ADMAX (Supermax)

Mindfulness Training​

  • Fountain of Health Yoga Studio

  • Nevada Dental Association

  • Pueblo Fire Department

Meet Judge Victor Reyes

Judge Victor Reyes served as a District Judge for 15 years in the 10th Judicial District located in Pueblo, Colorado. He has presided over, Criminal, Civil, County Court Appeals, Probate, Domestic, Restraining Order, Juvenile and Dependency and Neglect matters. Judge Reyes was also appointed to serve as the judicial liaison on the Colorado Domestic Violence Offender Management Board and the Colorado Supreme Court Criminal Rules Committee. Before becoming a judge, he served as a Deputy State Public Defender for the State of Colorado for 15 years where he also provided training. He is a graduate of Emory University and Georgetown University Law Center in Washington, D.C. He has testified before both houses of the Colorado Legislature on DV related legislation.

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Training & Speaking Experience

Judge Reyes has served as faculty for the National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges (NCJFCJ), the National Judicial College and the National Judicial Institute on Domestic Violence. Since 2002, he has facilitated international and nationwide trainings to a variety of groups and organizations on issues related to:

  • Child Welfare

  • Domestic violence

  • Effective tools to Enhance Resilience

  • Effects of vicarious trauma on judicial officers

  • Elder Abuse

  • Engaged Justice

  • Federal firearms legislation

  • Impact of Secondary Trauma on Judicial Officers, Court Staff, and Court-related agencies/providers

  • Judicial leadership

  • Mindfulness

  • Teen Dating Violence

Certifications:

National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges

Judge Reyes served as the Judge in Residence from October 2021 to January 2023:

  • Hosted Monday Morning Wellness webinars as part of the Judicial Wellness Initiative