Forensic Interviewer & Trainer with First Witness Child Advocacy Center
Rachel has worked in the field of gender empowerment, sexual assault and domestic violence advocacy in professional environments for six years. While studying at Hamline University in St. Paul she earned degrees in Public Service, Spanish and Sociology. Her sociology pilot research focused on heterosexist bias towards sexual abuse history disclosures of LGBTQAI survivors. While living in St. Paul, Rachel also co-led an after school program benefiting Karen refugee youth, while working extensively to better systems response to sexual violence by leading support groups and developing a protocol while serving on the Sexual Violence Taskforce at Hamline. In 2011, Rachel worked in Quito, Ecuador at a women’s shelter called La Casa de Refugio Matilde where she provided supportive, Spanish language services to domestic violence victims and their families. Most recently, Rachel worked at North Shore Horizons in Two Harbors, MN serving as the facilitator of the Coordinated Community Response Team while also providing advocacy and crisis intervention services to sexual and domestic assault victims. Rachel is passionate about the integration of advocacy into systems response to foster community accountability, inclusivity and cross-cultural competencies. She is looking forward to promoting safety for children and their families through focused community response and prevention practices.