Amy Russell, MSEd, JD, NCC
Ms. Russell serves as the executive director of the Arthur D. Curtis Children’s Justice Center in Clark County, Washington. Ms. Russell is a licensed attorney, a nationally certified counselor and an experienced forensic interviewer. Ms. Russell serves as an expert witness on child abuse issues in multiple state and federal courts, and provides training on state, federal and international levels on the investigation, forensic interviews and litigation of child abuse cases. She has previously served as a pro bono attorney for children in dependency court, a forensic interviewer with local and federal programs 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 executive director of and consultant for multiple children’s advocacy centers and multidisciplinary teams regarding child abuse investigations and prosecution. In addition, she has authored multiple articles on forensic interviewing, child maltreatment and vicarious trauma.