Board of Directors


HStoklosa,_Hanni_MD_16_WEB_Lab_coatanni Stoklosa, MD, MPH, Executive Director, is an emergency physician at Brigham and Women’s Hospital with appointments at Harvard Medical School, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, and the Harvard Humanitarian Initiative. It was Dr. Stoklosa’s work as an emergency medicine physician that first brought her face to face with human trafficking.  She has advised the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Department of Labor, and Institute of Medicine on issues of human trafficking and testified as an expert witness multiple times before the US Congress.  Dr. Stoklosa is a well-recognized investigator, advocate, and speaker focusing on the health of trafficking survivors in the US and internationally. Moreover, she has conducted research on trafficking and vulnerable populations in a diversity of settings including Australia, China, Egypt, Guatemala, India, Liberia, Nepal, Kazakhstan, the Philippines, South Sudan, Taiwan, and Thailand.

Susie Baldwin

Susie Baldwin, MD, MPH, President of the Board of Directors, is a Co-Founder of HEAL Trafficking. She is a preventive medicine physician who works as the Associate Medical Director and Sexually Transmitted Disease Controller in the Division of HIV and STD Programs at the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health. Previously, she worked in the Chief Science Office as Principal Investigator for the LA County Health Survey. Dr. Baldwin has served as Medical Director for Planned Parenthood of Southern Arizona and for Clinical and Community Programs at the California Family Health Council (Essential Access Health), as a cervical cancer prevention researcher, and as a provider of family planning and abortion services. She is a member of the Planned Parenthood Federation of America National Medical Committee, a board member for the California Physicians Alliance (formerly Physicians for a National Health Program – CA), and a former board member of Physicians for Reproductive Health. Since 2005, Dr. Baldwin has supported survivors of human trafficking (HT) through clinical care, research, training, and advocacy. In partnership with the Coalition to Abolish Slavery and Trafficking and two community clinics, she provided specialized care for HT survivors in Los Angeles from 2005 – 2012. She was a member of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Technical Working Group to develop the SOAR curriculum. Dr. Baldwin has received Freedom Network USA’s Wellstone Award for her dedication to U.S. anti-trafficking efforts, as well as LA County Department of Public Health’s Award for Excellence and the Physician Recognition Award for Health Equity.

Makini Chisolm-Straker, MD, MPH, Secretary and Treasurer of the Board of Directors, is an Assistant Professor at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai and emergency medicine physician at Mount Sinai Brooklyn. Since 2005 Dr. Chisolm-Straker has been conducting original research at the intersection of health and human trafficking in the US; educating healthcare providers on how to identify and treat this patient population; and training advocates and not-for-profit organizations on human trafficking and the latest research in the field. Dr. Chisolm-Straker serves on the US Department of Health and Human Services’ Technical Working Group for the SOAR initiative, developing an educational program for practitioners that serve trafficked persons. Recognizing the import of child protection as one mechanism of trafficking prevention and intervention, Dr. Chisolm-Straker sits on the Advisory Board of ECPAT-USA, and helped pilot a unique method of enumerating unaccompanied and separated children in emergency settings with Columbia University researchers and Save the Children. She has worked clinically, administratively and as a consultant all over the world, and volunteers at the Libertas Center for Human Rights in Jackson Heights, Queens, New York, providing medical affidavits for those seeking asylum in the United States.

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Kimberly S.G. Chang, MD, MPH, Board Liaison on Community Health, is a family physician at Asian Health Services in Oakland, California.  She spent 2014-2015 as a Commonwealth Fund Mongan Fellow in Minority Health Policy at Harvard Medical School, where she completed a policy practicum addressing the role of Federally Qualified Health Centers in caring for victims of human trafficking, with the Association of Asian Pacific Community Health Organizations. Prior to her fellowship, Dr. Chang was Site Director at the Frank Kiang Medical Center, Asian Health Services, directing the start-up of this family practice clinic, from assisting with design, developing programming, growing it to full capacity in less than two years, and expanding patients’ language access to ten Asian languages. In addition, she provided care for many commercially sexually-exploited children (CSEC). She has trained thousands of front-line multidisciplinary professionals on the healthcare intersect with human trafficking across the United States, and internationally to the Compact of Free Association nations in the Western Pacific. She served on a Technical Working Group for the Administration for Children and Families, to develop a pilot training for health care professionals on human trafficking. She currently serves as 2nd Vice Chair of the National Association of Community Health Center’s Committee on Service Integration on Behavioral Health and HIV. Her presentations and publications have focused on cultural competency, human trafficking issues, underserved populations, and global health issues, and in December 2015, provided invited expert testimony for a Congressional Briefing for the US Helsinki Commission on “Best Practices in Rescuing Trafficking Victims.” In 2011, she was nationally recognized with a Physician Advocacy Merit Award from the Institute on Medicine as a Profession. Dr. Chang received her MD from the University of Hawaii John A. Burns School of Medicine, completed her family medicine residency at San Francisco General Hospital, the University of California, San Francisco, and received her MPH from the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, where she was awarded the Dr. Fang-Ching Sun Memorial Award for demonstrated commitment to promoting the health of vulnerable people.


Nicole Littenberg, MD, MPH, Board Liaison on Violence and Trauma, is the Clinical Director of the High-Risk Victim Clinic at the Sex Abuse Treatment Center (SATC) in Honolulu, HI, practices internal medicine at Kokua Kalihi Valley Comprehensive Family Services (KKV), and in early 2007 co-founded the Pacific Survivor Center (PSC), a non-profit organization dedicated to providing forensic evaluations, healthcare, and social services for victims of human trafficking, torture, and immigrant domestic violence.   Over the past decade, Dr. Littenberg has provided forensic evaluations and medical care for hundreds of survivors of abuse and exploitation.  She has conducted trainings on the investigation, documentation, and treatment of torture and trafficking for healthcare providers, attorneys, and judges in the U.S. and internationally, and is currently researching the healthcare and social service needs of labor trafficking survivors in Hawaii.



gla-head-shotGeorge L. Askew, MD is Deputy Commissioner of Health in the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene. There he is responsible for overseeing and managing the Division of Family and Child Health (DFCH). The mission of DFCH is to promote health, prevent disease and advance health equity among New York City families and children. Prior to this he was appointed by the Obama Administration to serve as the first Chief Medical Officer for the Administration for Children & Families (ACF) at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). In that role he provided expert advice and consultation to the Assistant Secretary for Children and Families on plans, programs, policies, and initiatives that addressed the health needs and strengths of children and families facing significant social, health, and economic challenges. This included: Affordable Care Act outreach and education, early childhood health and development, and the health of victims and survivors of human trafficking. Of note, Dr. Askew was one of the core developers of the SOAR Human Trafficking Training for Health Care and Social Service Providers. Dr. Askew has a longstanding history of innovative work in child and family advocacy and executive leadership. Prior to joining HHS he was Deputy CEO and Chief Development Officer for Voices for America’s Children, Founder of Docs For Tots, and former CEO and President of Jumpstart for Young Children. Because of his initiative, vision, and national impact, in 2005 Dr. Askew was named an Ashoka International Fellow. He was recognized as a national and global leader for his efforts to link health professionals with early childhood advocacy, embodying the ideals of civic engagement and creative solution-building nurtured by the international fellowship program. Dr. Askew was born and raised in inner-city Cleveland, Ohio. He earned a BA in Psychology and Social Relations at Harvard University, is a graduate of the Case Western Reserve School of Medicine, and a member of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Class of 1992 Epidemic Intelligence Service, also known as the “Disease Detectives.”

Dr. Holly Atkinson copyHolly G. Atkinson, MD, FACP, FAMWA is Program Director of Human Rights, Arnhold Institute for Global Health and Assistant Professor of Medical Education, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai in New York. As part of her role as Program Director of Human Rights, Dr. Atkinson is Director of the Human Rights Clinic, where asylum seekers who have suffered torture, trafficking and other egregious human rights violations are medically and psychologically evaluated. Dr. Atkinson has a broad background in human rights, having served on the board of directors of the Nobel Peace Prize-winning organization Physicians for Human Rights (PHR) for more than 16 years, including four years as President. She now serves as an expert medical advisor to the organization and is a member of PHR’s asylum network. Today, her research focuses on documenting the linkages between the human rights violations and health outcomes, especially as it applies to the well being of women and girls.  Dr. Atkinson earned an MD from the University of Rochester and a MS in Journalism from  Columbia University. She trained in internal medicine at Strong Memorial Hospital in Rochester, NY. She is a Fellow of the American College of Physicians and a member of the AOA Honor Medical Society and the American Public Health Association. Additionally, she is a Fellow of the American Medical Women’s Association, where she co-chairs AMWA’s Physicians Against Human Trafficking (PATH) initiative. Dr. Atkinson is also a member of the Council on Foreign Relations.

Abigail EnglishAbigail English, JD is a lawyer, researcher, and advocate for the rights of vulnerable young people. She is director of the Center for Adolescent Health & the Law, a nonprofit organization working nationally to support laws and policies that promote the health of adolescents and young adults and their access to comprehensive health care. She has taught courses at UC Berkeley’s Graduate School of Public Policy and Boalt Hall School of Law and currently is Adjunct Associate Professor in the Gillings Global School of Public Health at UNC Chapel Hill. Her research and advocacy have focused on health insurance and public financing of care, consent and confidentiality protections, and sexual and reproductive health care. Her recent work has addressed human trafficking of the young and vulnerable. She was the 2010-2011 Frieda L. Miller Fellow at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study where her research on sexual exploitation and trafficking drew on laws, treaties, and human rights documents—as well as key sources in adolescent health and development, philosophy, literature, poetry, and the arts. From 2012-2013 she served on the Institute of Medicine and National Research Council Committee on Commercial Sexual Exploitation and Sex Trafficking of Minors in the United States.

Mariam GarubaMariam Garuba, MD is a psychiatrist who works in New York and provides care to the chronically mentally ill. She obtained her medical degree from Creighton University in 2005, and completed a residency in psychiatry at Creighton University/University of Nebraska Medical Center in 2009. After working for a few years, she completed a research fellowship in forensic psychiatry at Columbia University/New York State Psychiatric Institute, where one of her projects focused on Human Trafficking and the T-visa. She then went on to complete a forensic psychiatry fellowship at Oregon Health Sciences University. She has an interest in all aspects of human trafficking, particularly where it involves education, prevention, and treatment.

Jordan GreenbaumJordan Greenbaum, MD received her medical degree from Yale School of Medicine and is board-certified in anatomic and forensic pathology. She served as the medical director of the child protection program at Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin from 2001-2006 and the medical director of the Stephanie V. Blank Center for Safe and Healthy Children at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta from 2006-2015. Currently she works part-time at the Center and also works for the International Centre for Missing and Exploited Children on their Global Health Initiative. She is a past president of the American Society on the Abuse of Children and currently serves on the Executive Committee for the Ray Helfer Society. She is a long-time member of the International Society on the Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect and helps lead their anti-trafficking initiative.

Dr KH PhotoKatherine Hargitt, PsyD is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist in private practice in Sonoma, California. She works with trauma survivors and frontline service providers, and specializes in the psychosocial care, recovery, and re/integration of survivors of sexual exploitation and trafficking. Katherine has been actively involved in the national and international anti-human trafficking field for more than 16 years, leading many advocacy efforts and training for civil society, providing consultancy for governments and NGOs, and conducting international research. She obtained her doctorate degree at the California Institute of Integral Studies in San Francisco, CA. Her dissertation focused on the development of a training model and curriculum outline for service providers working with children victim of commercial sexual exploitation (CSEC) in the United States. Katherine also works as a Consultant and Lead Researcher for ECPAT International. She recently conducted a multi-country field research project for them, focusing on the care, recovery and (re)integration needs of CSEC survivors in Nepal, Thailand, and the Philippines. In 2002, she conducted an independent field research project on the psychosocial rehabilitation of CSEC survivors in Cambodia, India, Nepal, Thailand and the Philippines. Katherine has provided expertize to the UN Special Rapporteur on the sale of children, child prostitution and child pornography, for their study and report on the establishment of “Comprehensive, rights-based and child-centered care, recovery and reintegration programs”. She was instrumental in starting the Sonoma County Human Trafficking Task Force, and served on the board of Motivating, Inspiring, Supporting & Serving Sexually Exploited Youth (MISSSEY), an organization based in Oakland, California, that provides services and programs for children victim of domestic minor sex trafficking. Katherine also provides Disaster Mental Health through the American Red Cross, and offers crisis counseling to the homeless, as well as to other beneficiaries at a local soup kitchen. She has served on crisis lines for victims of sexual assault and domestic violence, and has led several independent humanitarian aid missions to Nepal since 1987 (i.e., earthquake relief efforts in Nepal, 2015).

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has been involved in reproductive justice and human rights since the first days of her private practice north of Seattle.  She moved to the state of Washington after graduating from Harvard Medical School to complete her residency in Family Practice at the University of Washington. Dr Poppema is involved in improving physician response to human trafficking in Washington state.  An Emerita Clinical Associate Professor of Family Medicine, she has been teaching residents and medical students since the 1980s. While now retired from clinical practice, she is a Past Chair of the board of Physicians for Reproductive Health (PRH) and Past Chair of the National Abortion Federation.  Dr Poppema continues to teach and present at medical meetings nationally and internationally. She is currently serving on the Advisory Board at the  Women’s Center at the University of Washington, a perfect opportunity for Dr Poppema to continue to help women achieve their highest life goals. Dr. Poppema is the author of “Why I Am an Abortion Doctor,” a memoir.

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Anita Ravi , MD, MPH, MSHP is a Board Certified Family Medicine physician focused on improving health for populations vulnerable to gender-based violence through clinical care, research and policy work. She is the founder and clinical director of the Institute for Family Health’s PurpLE (Purpose: Listen & Engage) Clinic, a primary care clinic in New York City for people who have experienced sexual trauma. In addition to pursuing research related to domestic sex trafficking, reproductive justice and interpersonal violence prevention, she provides patient care at the Philadelphia Veterans Affairs Women’s Health Clinic, conducts medical evaluations for asylum seekers, and enjoys conducting health education and empowerment workshops on Rikers Island and in collaboration with community based organizations. She has also served as a steering committee member of the Philadelphia Family Court and Department of Human Service Collaborative Response to Human Trafficking and is a Fellow at the University of Pennsylvania’s Leonard Davis Institute of Health Economics.

Vicki Rosenthal

Vicki Rosenthal, MSW works in the field of health, mental health and human rights fulfilling roles in domestic and international grant management, program development, and capacity building of grassroots organizations. Additionally, she is an adjunct professor at Florida Atlantic University (FAU), Boca Raton, FL teaching global citizenship addressing international issues such as health, mental health, environment, poverty, gender, children, and human trafficking. She holds leadership positions for HEAL Trafficking, Inc., National Association of Social Workers-FL and Broward County Public Schools Human Relations Committee. She serves as a FAU Peace, Justice and Human Rights fellow.

Emily RothmanEmily F. Rothman, ScD  is an Associate Professor in the Department of Community Health Sciences at the Boston University School of Public Health with secondary appointments at the BU School of Medicine in the Department of Pediatrics and Emergency Medicine.  She has worked as a practitioner in a domestic violence shelter, batterer intervention program, and as a volunteer on a rape crisis hotline.  She has authored more than 52 peer reviewed publications, and several book chapters, and in 2012 was awarded the Linda Saltzman award from Futures Without Violence and the CDC Foundation. She has been the recipient of a K01 and R03 grant from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to study underage alcohol use and dating abuse perpetration, a three-year grant from the National Institute of Justice (NIJ) to test a dating violence perpetration intervention, a three-year grant from the NIJ to evaluate a sex trafficking prevention program, and has been awarded multiple foundation grants for evaluation research.