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“If you don’t like something, change it” is a motto Catherine Coughlin, MD ’19, lives by.

After hearing a talk on how medical professionals can help sex trafficking victims, she decided to devote the summer before her second year at Einstein to the issue. She worked with teachers and advocacy organizations to develop a curriculum. Months later, she was teaching fellow students how to identify treat, and communicate with sex trafficking victims.

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“A lot of folks are shocked at the scope of the problem,” she says. “I’ve had friends and classmates come up to me and tell me they’ve found trafficking victims on their wards.” Dr. Coughlin gained widespread recognition for shedding light on this international crisis—and last year presented at an American Medical Association conference to spread her knowledge nationwide.

“I’ve come up with these lofty but important goals, and people at Einstein have said, ‘Yes, let’s run with this,’” she says. “It’s been incredible to take a problem I care deeply about and bring it to a larger audience.”

Using her mentor, Kanani E. Titchen, MD, Assistant Professor, Department of Pediatrics (Adolescent Medicine), as a role model, Dr. Coughlin hopes to meld her passion for helping victims of sex trafficking with a career in pediatrics. Later this year she begins her residency in Boston where she will continue the work she started at Einstein.

“I want to spend the rest of my life making human trafficking victim identification a standard of practice,” she says. “I hope I’m inspiring people to talk about the issue so we can make a difference.”.

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