Sex trafficking is the
fastest growing and
third largest criminal enterprise worldwide.

What is Sex Trafficking?

Sex trafficking occurs when an individual is forced or coerced into prostitution. Sometimes referred to as commercial sexual exploitation, sex trafficking is the fastest growing and third largest criminal enterprise worldwide

Who is at risk?

Sex trafficking is a crime that does not discriminate. Men or women, adults or children, foreign nationals or U.S. citizens, and rich or poor can all become victims of sex trafficking. However, traffickers typically target individuals who are vulnerable. These may include: undocumented immigrants, refugees, runaways and at-risk youth, and oppressed or marginalized groups.

What is Sexual Violence?

Sexual violence includes sexual assault, incest and other forms of gender based violence such as Female Genital Cutting (FGC), domestic violence and psychological abuse.

Who is at risk?

Sexual violence can affect people of any race, gender, age, socio-economic status or educational background. However, some populations are at higher risk. These include: undocumented immigrants, refugees, young women, individuals with a history of physical or psychological abuse, and individuals with mental or intellectual impairments.

Medical Needs of Victims and Survivors

Victims and survivors of sex trafficking and sexual violence face an array of physical and psychological health issues.

Services for Survivors

The EMPOWER Clinic: providing sensitive gynecologic, obstetric and psychiatric services for survivors of sexual trauma.


The EMPOWER (Engage/Motivate/Protect/Organize/self-Worth/Educate/Respect) Clinic, is one of the few clinics nationwide, designed to meet the medical and mental health needs of survivors of sex trafficking and sexual violence. Launched in February 2013 by Dr. Veronica Ades, MD, MPH, who has extensive experience working with vulnerable populations and conflict affected women, the clinic provides an integrated model of sensitive and culturally appropriate gynecologic and psychological services for survivors of sexual trauma.

Who EMPOWER serves

Participation in the clinic is open to any woman who is a survivor of sex trafficking or sexual violence, as well as any woman who feels she is in need of a sensitive gynecological exam due to prior experiences. EMPOWER accepts all patients, regardless of their ability to pay or immigration status.


The EMPOWER model uses a sensitive and culturally appropriate approach to meet the physical, gynecological and psychological needs of survivors of sex trafficking and sexual violence. Our team of health care providers have extensive experience working with conflict affected women and vulnerable populations, ensuring our patient access to a compassionate and sensitive provider able to explore her medical needs through careful and respectful examination.

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