Interviewing Juvenile Sex Trafficking Victims

Interviewing Juvenile Sex Trafficking Victims

Training Overview

This module will address the fundamental and most critical component of investigations involving child/adolescent victims of commercial sexual exploitation – the interview of the victim. Participants will learn about the FBI’s forensic interviewing protocol and how it is utilized when interviewing these victims. Victim dynamics and barriers that impact the victims’ reluctance to disclose will be addressed. This module will provide participants with the tools and skills necessary to identify and overcome the challenges of these difficult interviews.

Learning Objectives

  1. Participants will understand how interviewing juvenile sex trafficking (JST) victims is different but still requires a protocol-based interview.
  2. Participants will understand the dynamics of JST victims and how this impacts their disclosures.
  3. Participants will understand how to overcome disclosure barriers.


Presenter Bonnie I. Fries, MSW, LCSW, Child & Adolescent Forensic Interviewer, with the Federal Bureau of Investigations, is a licensed clinical social worker in the state of Illinois with specialized training in child and adolescent welfare and abuse-related trauma. She received her Bachelor of Social Work degree in 1998 from Illinois State University’s Jane Addams College of Social Work and Master of Social Work degree in 2001 from the University of Illinois at Chicago. Prior to joining the FBI Bonnie worked as an Assistant Director and Director within Children’s Advocacy Centers, and has conducted more than 2,000 forensic interviews.

Continuing Education Credits

POST and Social Work credits will be available.

We are excited to bring this training to you at a minimal fee. The Alliance believes trauma-informed, anti-racist, and culturally responsive services are essential to helping children heal. We continue to offer the highest quality training, with nationally renowned speakers, virtually.