Ms. Russell is the executive director of the Arthur D. Curtis Children’s Justice Center in Clark County, Washington. Ms. Russell is a licensed attorney and a nationally certified counselor. Ms. Russell provides training on state, federal and international levels on the investigation, interviews and prosecution of child abuse and serves as an expert witness in multiple jurisdictions.
She has served as a pro bono attorney for children in dependency court, a forensic interview specialist with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and as an adjunct faculty member in the Child Advocacy Studies Program at Winona State University. She obtained her B.A. from Hope College in sociology, her M.S.Ed. in counseling from Western Illinois University and graduated magna cum laude from SUNY Buffalo Law School with her J.D.
Ms. Russell has worked with victims of violence and trauma in several capacities, including extensive counseling and support work with child victims of sexual abuse and exploitation; director of victim services and counselor for survivors of homicide victims; and consultant for multiple children’s advocacy centers and multidisciplinary teams.
In addition, she has interviewed over a thousand children and has authored several articles on forensic interviewing, child maltreatment and vicarious trauma. Ms. Russell is a member of the Clark County Human Trafficking Task Force and serves on the MDT oversight committee.