State Representative Jeff Rezabek (R-Clayton) was recently appointed by Speaker of the House Clifford A. Rosenberger (R-Clarksville) to the Interstate Compact for Juveniles State Council. The ICJ is the legal authority that ensures the effective monitoring of juvenile offenders moving across state lines and serves as the only legal authority for processing the returns of status offenders and runaways.

“Serving on the ICJ will allow me to employ my experience as a defense attorney in order to bolster the safety of our children and our community,” Representative Rezabek explained. “I am grateful for the opportunity to work alongside members of all branches of government, both within and outside of Ohio, in order to eliminate human trafficking as well as formulate policies that are conducive to the well-being of minors.”

Director Harvey J. Reed, Director of the Ohio Department of Youth Services, praised the appointment.

“I am pleased that Rep. Rezabek is joining the Interstate Compact for Juveniles State Council given his extensive experience as a criminal defense attorney,” said Reed. “His passion for serving juveniles while protecting communities will serve the Council in its work to promote the welfare and protection of young people, victims, and the public.”

Each state is required to have an ICJ State Council that meets annually and consists of government representatives from the legislative, judicial and executive branches along with victim groups and the state’s Compact Administrator or Commissioner.

The ICJ ensures public safety and preserves child welfare by providing enhanced accountability, monitoring of the state’s compliance, and enforcement where warranted. The Council serves as a communication liaison between the courts and the other states. Interstate Compact law supersedes directly conflicting state laws, and the ICJ may impose sanctions such as remedial training, fines, fees and suspension or termination of membership in the Compact.

During Fiscal Year 2012, the Ohio ICJ Office orchestrated and oversaw 369 ICJ cases. The Ohio ICJ Office has been steadily increasing the amount of assistance it has provided to other states in recent years, likely due to the ongoing statewide effort to identify and eliminate human trafficking.

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