Episode 139: Assistant United States Attorney Michelle Rotella, Project Safe Childhood Coordinator
On this episode, Karen speaks with Michelle Rotella, Assistant United States Attorney and Project Safe Childhood Coordinator responsible for the intake of all child exploitation matters in the 9-county Eastern District of Pennsylvania. Michelle is a subject matter expert in child exploitation and cybercrime and serves on a nationwide committee as Attorney Advisor for national child exploitation and cybercrime-related investigations. Michelle is here to share her experience as a federal prosecutor and to share the resources available should you have concerns regarding children being impacted by exploitation or cybercrime.
Michelle Rotella Bio
Michelle Rotella is a federal prosecutor with 30 years of experience in criminal prosecution. She has spent the last 20 years as an Assistant United States Attorney in Philadelphia, where she has served in multiple supervisory capacities, including Chief of the General Crimes and Child Exploitation Unit. She currently serves as the office’s Project Safe Childhood Coordinator, a nationwide objective to combat child sexual abuse crimes.
AUSA Rotella was also chosen as Attorney Advisor to Department of Justice’s Nationwide Investigations Advisory Committee (NIAC). During her appointment over these last two years she provides legal analysis on federal child exploitation investigations across the country. She was also appointed to the Board of Directors for the Delaware County Victim Assistance Center in Media, Pennsylvania.
Before joining the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Philadelphia, Michelle served as an Assistant District Attorney in Delaware County and an Assistant Prosecutor in Mercer County, New Jersey. In her current position as a federal prosecutor, she continues to partner with state and county prosecutors and law enforcement to combat child sexual abuse.
Michelle Rotella has investigated and prosecuted hundreds of cases in every area of criminal law, but for the last 25 years has concentrated her practice to criminal child sexual exploitation. She considers it her calling and privilege to fight on behalf of these most vulnerable victims.