Crime Victim Advocate
Alison Forsyth is a Crime Victim Advocate with the City of Seattle’s Crime Survivor Services team and works in partnership with the Seattle Police Department’s Special Assault Unit to serve victims of felony sexual violence and child abuse cases. She has spent most of the last decade committed to expanding trauma-informed services for the most vulnerable survivors of gender-based violence through work with community-based agencies, universities, law enforcement agencies, and government programs. Over the course of her career, Ms. Forsyth has provided advocacy to hundreds of survivors of sexual assault, human trafficking, child abuse, and commercial sexual exploitation in both system-based and community-based agencies. She has provided training to thousands of individuals on topics around gender-based violence, advocacy, and trauma-informed care to audiences of law enforcement, victim service professionals, community members, and youth. Her work spans from anti-human trafficking research at the University of Washington, outreach and direct services to at-risk and commercially sexually exploited youth and young adults as a community-based behavioral health specialist, and most recently as a Sexual Assault Crime Victim Advocate. Her current work with the City of Seattle includes project management to enhance victim services for underserved survivors of sexual violence, particularly within the unhoused and immigrant communities in Seattle. Ms. Forsyth graduated Magna Cum Laude from the University of Washington with a degree in International Studies. Ms. Forsyth is a Certified Trainer on Responding to the Sexual Exploitation of Youth and Children and has been published in several academic journals and articles.