Because human trafficking is a public health issue
Mental Health Council
Who We Are: Health care providers improving care for trafficking survivors by advancing our understanding of the intersection of mental health and health care for this population.
Mission: Bring a greater understanding of mental health issues to health care for trafficking survivors.
-Engage in topic-based discussions on the psychological issues facing trafficking survivors and their relevance within health care.
-Bring mental health focused trainings and resources to direct service providers.
-Offer consultation from mental health providers and survivor leaders to build more trauma/attachment informed care for survivors of human trafficking.
HEAL Trafficking’s Mental Health Council is chaired by Dr. Elise Hopper, PhD. and Dr. Katherine Hargitt, PsyD.
Elizabeth Hopper, Ph.D., is a licensed clinical psychologist with a specialization in traumatic stress. She is a staff psychologist, supervisor, and member of the Training Faculty at the Trauma Center at Justice Resource Institute, one of the nation’s leading agencies
Katherine Hargitt, PsyD, is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist who works with trauma survivors and service providers, and specializes in the psychosocial care, recovery, and re/integration of survivors of sexual exploitation and trafficking.