Jan. 26, 2023 – The Westchester County District Attorney’s Office is joining My Sisters’ Place and the U.S. Attorney’s Office (Southern District of New York) to host a virtual panel Tuesday, Jan. 31 at 6 p.m. on the dangers of online predators and sex traffickers who target and groom minors. The webinar will be open to the public, and feature state and federal prosecutors, human trafficking victim advocates and law enforcement speaking on common warning signs, intervention as well as safety and prevention strategies for parents.

District Attorney Miriam E. Rocah said: “Every day young people face dangers through their use of the internet and social media platforms. Though not new, these online threats of sex trafficking and sextortion are rampant and pervasive. Partnering with advocates and law enforcement, we are doing our part to educate and empower parents to help protect their families.”

The virtual panel will provide live Spanish interpretation and feature panelists with extensive backgrounds and experience in human and sex trafficking cases and online child sexual exploitation:

• District Attorney Miriam E. Rocah, Westchester County
• Cristina Tanzola, Director of the Human Trafficking Program - My Sisters’ Place
• Marcia Cohen, Senior Trial Counsel & Project Safe Childhood Coordinator - U.S. Attorney’s Office (Southern District of New York)
• Laura Forbes, Cyber Crimes Deputy Bureau Chief - Westchester District Attorney’s Office
• David Ryan, retired Chief of Police - Pound Ridge Police Department

The public can register for the panel


Anna Young, Public Information Officer
(914) 995-6551