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.

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Address: 4 West 5th Street Duluth, MN 55806 Phone: 218-727-8353 Email: info@firstwitness.org


Beth Olson 2015 Profile
Beth Olson,
Executive Director/Interviewer
Ina Newton,
Family Advocacy
Program Coordinator
Michelle Kurtz,
Finance Manager
Lori Nae Young,
Training & Communications
Laura Gapske,
Forensic Program
Rachel Johnson,
Multidisciplinary &
Outreach Coordinator/Interviewer
Miranda Lillo,
Family Advocate


Jill Abernathey 2015 Jane
Jill AbernatheyFrances Macaulay
Jason TanskiLindzi Campbell 2015
Jason Tanski,
Lindzi Campbell-Rorvick,
Vice President
Cathy Nevanen,
Craig Chilcote,

Board of Directors

Steve LafontaineElizabeth PollingRebekka StummeTina Licari
Mary Steiner Finaljeff
Liz JohnsonCindy FinchMary E. Steiner, M.A.Jeff Boucher
Chris Theis 2015Alexandra Reynolds
Chris TheisAlexandra M. Reynolds