The Honorable Robert R. Lung has joined the International Council on Human Trafficking of The John J. Brunetti Human Trafficking Academy at St. Thomas University College of Law.
Judge Lung currently presides over a Domestic Relations docket in the 18th Judicial District of Colorado. He has served as a judicial officer in the 18th Judicial District for over seventeen years in almost every docket type with a specialty in human services cases. Judge Lung also provides presentations nationally and internationally on issues such as human trafficking, childhood trauma and resiliency. In 2016, then Chief Justice Nancy Rice of the Colorado Supreme Court appointed Judge Lung as the Judicial Representative to the Colorado Human Trafficking Council on which he served as Vice-Chair through 2020.
Judge Lung received Presidential appointment to the National Advisory Committee on the Sex Trafficking of Children and Youth in the United States under the Obama Administration in 2017 and Presidential appointment under the Trump administration in 2018 to the U.S. Advisory Council on Human Trafficking on which he served as Chair until July 2020. Judge Lung also provides consultation to the Department of Justice, the Administration for Children and Families, the State Department and NCMEC.
During his childhood he suffered severe complex and chronic child abuse, he was also trafficked and tortured for several years. He regards resiliency and the grace of God for his ability to survive and he gives thanks that he transitioned from victim to survivor to “thriver.” In his “free time” Judge Lung works on his first book which will regard the power of hope and he endeavors to keep up with his two adopted sons in hiking, dirt biking and downhill mountain biking.
“We are blessed to have Judge Lung join us as an esteemed Member of the Council. His wisdom and perspectives will be invaluable to informing the Academy’s work alongside survivors and against human trafficking,” said Rev. Msgr. Franklyn M. Casale, Chairman of the International Council on Human Trafficking.