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 recorded, 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

Executive Director

Tracie Clanaugh
Executive Director


Madison Haeg
Family Advocate and Trainer
Miranda Lillo
Family Advocate and Trainer
Jessica Unkelhauser
Family Advocate and Trainer


Laura Gapske
Forensic Interview and Program Director
Jackie Halberg
Forensic Interviewer and Trainer
Caitie Dahl
Forensic Interviewer and Trainer


Michelle Kurtz
Finance Director
Jennifer LaBelle
Community Engagement Specialist
Ellie Holte
Training Coordinator


Olivia Anderson
Whitney Najjar
Kylee Pass

Board of Directors - Executive

Rebekka Stumme,
Anne Harala,
Vice President
Katie Rider,
Craig Chilcote,

Board of Directors

Steve LafontaineElizabeth PollingJason HollenbachTina Licari
Mary Steiner Finaljeff
Liz JohnsonCindy FinchMary E. Steiner, M.A.Jeff Boucher
Leslie BrunfeltJason TanskiJessica MetzgerJanet Nelson
Cindy KentDr. Timothy D Zager