The work I do helping individuals deal with life’s most challenging events extends globally as well. Whether it be gender-based violence, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, counseling refugees, or the re-integration of human trafficking victims, particularly young girls and women who have been sex trafficked, here are some of the programs and projects I have been and am currently associated with.
• Middle East (Iraq)
As the Director of Behavioral Health for an occupational health company, my time on the ground in Iraq developing holistic behavioral health programs to meet the needs of our military and civilian contractors as well as local Iraqi national linguists introduced me to and opened my eyes to the horrific nature of honor killings in specific cultures. With input and insight gleaned from the local national linguists, upon my return to the U.S. I subsequently raised awareness on this topic through outreach, advocacy, and social media, including involvement with the List Project.
• Africa (Rwanda/Sierra Leone/Nigeria)
I was part of an international delegation of subject-matter experts in trauma that helped assist the Rwandan government as well as local community officials and leaders address and develop systemic approaches to treatment of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder for victims of the 1994 genocide in 2008. In addition, I provided counseling services for a significant population of refugees who had been displaced from Sierra Leone due to its civil war and had been relocated to the greater Washington, D.C. metropolitan region.
I am currently consulting on a multicultural entrepreneurial program in collaboration between the highly-respected research organization PAIGAS, Howard University’s Department of African Studies, and Washington Mandela YALI Fellows to assist existing efforts in the re-integration of identified Nigerian victims of sex trafficking. The program will utilize an integrative, multi-disciplinary approach with trauma treatment and recovery as the foundation for successful reintegration. With Nigeria as the epicenter of human trafficking in West Africa, the goal of this program will be to establish a set of best practices based on its landmark approach that will have implications not only for the health and security of Nigeria and the region but globally as well.