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Susanna L. Southworth, Ph.D., J.D.

Dr. Susanna Southworth is dedicated to bringing an end to human trafficking and child sexual exploitation. She represents victims of abuse, online exploitation and child pornography. Susanna’s compassion for survivors of child sex abuse carries through all aspects of her cases. She establishes trust in relationships, maintaining her commitment to work with survivors in a trauma-informed manner. Her mission is that her clients will experience a new beginning to a life free from the pain of past abuse while receiving maximum recovery for their harm.

Susanna was a part of a team of attorneys that successfully negotiated a multimillion-dollar resolution against a large website and hotel corporation defendants on behalf of a victim of child sex trafficking. She brings experience representing survivors of child sex abuse in high stakes litigation to Restore the Child with an unyielding commitment to protect the most vulnerable and effectuate the administration of justice.

Since obtaining her license to practice law in November 2004, Susanna has advocated for vulnerable populations. These areas include immigration (removal defense and U visas for victims of abuse), criminal (excluding sex offenses), and guardianships and estate planning. Susanna’s vast experience in these areas brings a well-rounded foundation to guide her clients through the legal process.

Susanna serves survivors of child sex trafficking in her leadership as president of the Rotary Club of the Pacific Northwest Ending Sex Trafficking during the 2022-2023 Rotary year. In addition, she serves on the leadership boards for Compassion Washington and the Organization for Prostitution Survivors (OPS) to help survivors of sex trafficking and exploitation. Prior to forming Restore the Child, PLLC, Susanna represented survivors in numerous lawsuits against websites and hotel brands for their facilitation of child sex trafficking, including a case that came to a global resolution; the first case to not be defeated by this well-known website at the motion to dismiss stage.

Susanna has presented trainings to government and nonprofit entities across the country to educate on child sex trafficking and child sexual exploitation. Through prevention education, empowering youth in higher education, and powerful but trauma-informed advocacy for her clients to bring them justice through restitution and civil litigation in Restore the Child, Susanna strives to end child sexual exploitation.

Susanna as a heart for mentoring youth and a passion for education, which led her to earn her Ph.D. She is a Visiting Assistant Professor in Political Science at Pacific Lutheran University and Lecturer for the University of Washington Tacoma. Susanna firmly believes that trafficking prevention education is key to ending child sexual exploitation. She finds joy in educating and mentoring youth for a brighter future.

Education

  • Doctor of Philosophy in Political Science with Emphases in Comparative Politics and Public Administration Subfields, The University of Utah, December 2020
  • Doctor of Jurisprudence, The University of Texas Law School, May 2004
  • Bachelor of Arts in International Affairs, European Studies Emphasis, The University of Colorado at Boulder, May 2000

Bar Admissions

  • Washington State Bar Association, November 2004

Certifications

  • Certificate Program in Traumatic Stress Studies, Trauma Research Foundation, pending
  • Basic Collaborative Law Training, Seattle Collaborative Law Training Group, 2010
  • Basic Mediation Training, Dispute Resolution Center of King County, Washington, 2010

We honor Elaine Lenahan, who founded Restore the Child with her surviving spouse, Marc Lenahan, for the wonderful attorney and person that she was. We continually hear about her positive and caring nature from all who were helped by her, including RTC clients. She had a quiet strength about her that garnered respect among her colleagues. We strive to continue her legacy of skilled advocacy coupled with a positive and personable manner to bring hope, healing, and justice to RTC clients.

Tatum Anheluk, Legal Assistant

Tatum Anheluk currently devotes her time and efforts exclusively to the Restore the Child practice. Tatum has been in the legal field for over six years and has a strong background assisting victims of documented child abuse. She always strives to obtain the best possible outcome for survivors.

Before joining Restore the Child, Tatum earned a Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice from Boise State University. She interned at the Idaho Commission of Pardons and Parole during her studies and worked directly with the Parole Commission Victim Coordinator. This is where she found her passion for working with victims. She has an immense passion for helping victims of trauma and crime in seeking the justice they deserve.

Would you like to know more about what sets us apart from other law firms? Please do not hesitate to contact us today. We always give our best to our clients, and we would be honored to do the same for you.

Our attorneys are working on the front lines for children and victims who have their images illegally distributed. You can learn more about our team here, or call 253.392.4409 now to speak with us directly.