About First Witness

We are a 501 c 3 non-profit located in the heart of Duluth, Minnesota. First Witness Child Advocacy Center is a safe, child-friendly place for victims of child sexual and physical abuse to tell their story. We provide child appropriate forensic interviews, crisis counseling to children and families and age appropriate education on personal body safety for children. We also provide forensic interview training to social workers, law enforcement officials, county attorneys and others who work with children or investigate child abuse allegations. At First Witness we believe every child deserves ongoing safety and opportunities to heal from abuse. First Witness is a nationally accredited child advocacy center working as part of a multidisciplinary team made up of public and private agencies involved with the investigation, prosecution, medical examination and advocacy services for children and their non-offending caregivers. Prior to First Witness, children were likely to be interviewed 3-4 times throughout the investigation. Those involved with the process saw the need for change. Our team protocol requires just one record, child-centered interview at the First Witness building in Duluth. Our goal is to make sure children are safe. Our Services Include: Evaluation and Assessment, Family Services, Prevention & Training.

Learn about our Mission and Services

Staff - Full Time

Beth Olson,
Executive Director
Trainer
Ina Newton,
Family Services
Coordinator
Lori Nae,
Training &
Communications
Coordinator
Laura Gapske,
Multidisciplinary Team Coordinator
Trainer

Staff - Part Time

Michelle Kurtz,
Finance Manager
Miranda Lillo,
Family Advocate

Trainers

Jill AbernatheyFrances MacaulayScott Miller

Interns

Lindsay Sauer
Graduate
Maria Isola,
Undergraduate
Becky Loop,
Associates

Board of Directors - Executive

Board of Directors