Activism

HUMAN RIGHTS:

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 with both the Human Rights Clinic at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai and at the Weill Cornell Clinic for Human Rights. She has particular expertise in 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 Working Group on FGM, a cross sectoral group dedicated to the eradication of FGM.

 

FURTHER READING – FGM:

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

 

FURTHER READING – HUMAN RIGHTS AND WOMEN:

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

 

HAITI

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.

 

MEDICAL:

  • 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
  •  J/P Haitian Relief Organization  (Sean Penn’s organization)

EDUCATION

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

FURTHER READING