Support Survivors of Sex Trafficking and Sexual Violence.

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Support Survivors of Sex Trafficking and Sexual Violence.

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The EMPOWER Clinic provides sensitive, respectful, and empowering medical services to survivors of sex trafficking and sexual violence through integrated medical, social, and psychological care. EMPOWER was created by Veronica Ades, MD, MPH, to provide an opportunity for survivors to obtain care that is specifically targeted to their needs.

Participation in the clinic is open to any woman who is a survivor of sex trafficking or sexual violence, with no requirement of verification or proof, and to any woman who feels she is in need of a sensitive gynecological exam due to prior experiences. The clinic accepts all patients, regardless of their ability to pay or immigration status. EMPOWER also accepts all medical insurance, Medicaid/ Medicare, and has a sliding-scale fee program for uninsured (including undocumented) patients.  

Funding would help cover costs that present obstacles to care, including inability to pay sliding-scale insurance fees, lack of affordable child care, transportation, lodging, outreach, patient assistance, and program supplies. Having funding to defray some of these costs would help reduce barriers to care, allowing patients to receive full gynecological and psychiatric care without waiting for them to navigate the complex logistics of insurance or specific circumstances preventing them from accessing care.

In addition to the Clinic, Dr. Ades leads the Empower Lab, which has been combating gender-based violence and supporting survivors through clinical research and advocacy. The lab works to further gender equity through scientific approaches, identify the unique health challenges faced by survivors, and understand how the healthcare system can implement trauma-informed care that will benefit survivors. Funding will also provide support to the lab’s clinical research and advocacy initiatives.

With your support, we can treat more women, conduct outreach within the community, and begin to build a research framework so that we can share our best practices with the broader medical community.

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This program truly makes a positive difference. Keep up the great work, Dr. Ades.

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