Aurora Martinez Jones
Aurora is the Judge of the 126th District Court, where she presides over various legal matters including Child Protective Services dockets, Family Drug Treatment Court, and Family Law cases. In her role, she diligently oversees and administers all Travis County Termination of Parental Rights civil lawsuits on behalf of the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services. With a commitment to trauma-informed practices, Aurora has gained national recognition as an expert in child welfare law. She shares her expertise by providing training to judges and offering consultation services to family law courts in other states. Additionally, Aurora collaborates with the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention to enhance the efficiency and effectiveness of the legal system.
Apart from her judicial responsibilities, Aurora is actively engaged in improving administrative and regulatory matters. In her re-election campaign, she aims to expand her efforts in dismantling the school-to-prison pipeline, promoting race equity within the legal system, and safeguarding the well-being of our children. Recognizing the need for reform, Aurora also advocates for changes in juvenile probation to achieve more equitable outcomes while prioritizing the safety and morale of staff members. As a board member of the National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges and participating in workgroups for the Supreme Court of Texas Permanent Judicial Commission for Children, Youth, and Families, Aurora is dedicated to ensuring justice, fairness, and protection for all.