Story aired on Saturday, March 9 on NPR/KQED from 4-5pm

The Center for Judicial Excellence has been talking to journalist Trey Bundy about the judicial trafficking of children to abusive parents in the family courts for a long time. Be sure to listen to his Bitter Custody from the March 9th, 2019 Reveal Radio Hour. In November 2014, our Director secured the pitch, then she and two colleagues made the case for an in-depth investigation into the national crisis in family courts to Trey and a handful of journalists at The Center for Investigative Reporting’s Emeryville headquarters. The rest is history.

Listen here: Reveal.

CJE is dedicated to public education and community outreach about abused children and domestic violence survivors in the family court system.

Since it's founding in 2006, 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.

Beginning in 2008, CJE made a special commitment to protecting the rights of children and vulnerable populations in the family court system. This year, CJE will continue our successful campaign to promote the safety of children in California's family courts... and in courts across the nation.

The system is broken. Together, let's expose it.


If you contact the Center, please be patient as we are a very small staff working to address a national crisis. If you have a family court story to tell, please email the Center at