Dr. Ottenheimer is an active member of Physicians for Human Rights and has been a pro bono medical examiner for women asylum seekers for over a decade. Dr. Ottenheimer currently volunteers at the Weill Cornell Clinic for Human Rights and  Human Rights Program at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai. She has particular expertise in and lectures extensively on violence against women including Female Genital Mutilation(FGM), Sexual Abuse, Human Trafficking and Intimate Partner Violence. Dr. Ottenheimer is also a member of the New York Coalition to End FGM, a cross sectoral group dedicated to the eradication of FGM, to the support of survivors, and to the protection of girls at risk.



Trump administration turns its back on the most vulnerable CNN OP-Ed By Katherine McKenzie, Ranit Mishori, and Deborah Ottenheimer

#metooFGM - Op Ed by Dr. Ottenheimer and Dr. McKenzie, Ms. Magazine Blog 1/2018

Vewpoint on FGM (Dr. Ottenheimer is one of the authors) Epoch Times July 2017

Female Genital Mutilation a Hidden Violation of 200 Million Women and Girls - (Dr. Ottenheimer is interivewed) Epoch Times July 2017

This American Life Episode #586 May 6, 2016 with Mariya Karimjee

Cut, by Hibo Wardere

Female Genital Mutilation in the United States: Protecting Girls and Women in the United States from FGM. Sanctuary for Families Report 2014

Do They Hear You When You Cry: by Fauziya Kassindja, Layli Miller Bashir, Karen Musalo




Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide (Vintage) – by Nicholas D. Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn

Women on the Run: UNHCR report 

Sex and World Peace, Valerie M. Hudson, et al

Child Marriage in the US: NYT article



Dr. Ottenheimer first volunteered in Haiti in July 2010 after the earthquake. Since then she has returned twice a year to teach healthcare professionals and is committed to improving the health of Haitian women and girls. She works primarily with Hope for Haiti Foundation as a consulting physician and instructor.



  • Midwives for Haiti: Midwives For Haiti educates Haitian men and women in providing prenatal care and skilled birth assistance to their fellow Haitian sisters, who too frequently either die in childbirth or lose their newborn without such care. Dr. Ottenheimer volunteers to help train these students.
  •  Project Medishare (in affiliation with the University of Miami School of Medicine)
    • (Dr. Ottenheimer worked with this program in 2010 after the earthquake)
  •  Partners in Health/Zanmi Lasante
  •  Doctors without Borders / Medecins Sans Frontieres


Haitian Education and Leadership Program: HELP‘s mission is to create, through merit and needs based scholarships, a community of young professionals and leaders who promote a more just society in Haiti.


Please be wary of the NGO’s asking for your support. Not all help as much as you think. Do your homework before you give. For more, watch the documentary Poverty, Inc.

Click here to see the trailer