Mass General Freedom Clinic

The Massachusetts General Hospital Freedom Clinic provides free, trauma-informed, LGBTQ-friendly primary and preventative care for survivors of human trafficking, ages 13 years and older.

Overview

A Massachusetts teenager, forced into the sex trade by a human trafficker, builds a new life with the help of the Mass General Freedom Clinic.

The Massachusetts General Hospital Freedom Clinic, launched in April 2015, is a unique health care clinic for victims and survivors of human trafficking in the Boston area. Exclusively designed to care for trafficked persons, the MGH Freedom Clinic is a cornerstone program of the Human Trafficking Initiative (HTI) at the Massachusetts General Hospital established in 2008. 

The MGH Freedom Clinic offers free primary and preventative care for victims and survivors of human trafficking ages 13 years and older. The clinic was thoughtfully designed to offer specialized services in a safe, non-judgmental, LGBTQ-friendly and compassionate setting.

Our mission is to provide comprehensive, holistic, trauma-informed care to trafficking victims and to partner with local and regional social service providers to assist survivors in rebuilding their lives. The Mass General Freedom Clinic offers mental health and case management services and refers patients to trusted sub-specialists when specialized care is required, including substance use disorder services. Its concierge-like services aim to increase health and well-being, while also promoting self-care patient behaviors.     

We offer the following services:

  • Treatment for acute and chronic illnesses and injuries
  • Annual physical examinations
  • Vaccinations
  • Medical clearance evaluations
  • Infectious disease testing and treatment (including STIs and HIV)
  • Mental health services
  • Case management services

 


Acknowledgements

We would like to acknowledge our funder, Humanity United Partnership for Freedom, for all their support.


Referrals to the Freedom Clinic

The Mass General Freedom Clinic has a unique patient referral process. We assist in the transfer of information, coordination of care, and determination of patient needs. We work in partnership with social welfare, law enforcement and local/regional organizations to ensure wraparound services. If you would like more information about the Mass General Freedom Clinic or are interested in referring a client or patient to our clinic, please fill out our online form and someone will contact you as soon as possible.

 

Our Team

The Mass General Freedom Clinic comprises multispecialty providers who are committed to assisting trafficked persons in attaining health and well-being. Some members of the Freedom Clinic also practice at other Mass General primary and specialty care locations.

Leslie Carabello, RN, BSN, MPH
Emergency Medicine

Susan Hata, MD
Medicine-Pediatrics

Jose Hidalgo, MD
Psychiatry

Abigail Judge, PhD
Psychology

Diana Lemly, MD
Medicine-Pediatrics

Wendy Macias-Konstantopoulos, MD, MPH - Executive and Medical Director
Emergency Medicine

Jennifer Murphy, PhD
Psychology

Joanne Pomodoro, LICSW
Social Services (Mental health counseling)

Andrea Reilly, MD
Medicine-Pediatrics

News

News and media coverage for the Mass General Freedom Clinic.

Identifying trafficking victims is just the start of health care's challenge
March 4, 2016: Part three in a three- part NPR Marketplace series about human trafficking and health care, featuring Ann Prestipino discussing how the Freedom Clinic at Mass General gives back to the community.

This is what happened when a trafficking victim finally got the chance to run
March 3, 2016: Part two in a three-part NPR Marketplace series about human trafficking and health care, featuring a Mass General Freedom Clinic patient.

Health care takes on the fight against trafficking
March 2, 2016: Part one in a three-part NPR Marketplace series about human trafficking and health care, quoting Mass General physician Wendy Macias Konstantopoulos.

Clinic Aids Victims of Human Trafficking
A Massachusetts teenager, forced into the sex trade by a human trafficker, builds a new life with the help of the Mass General Freedom Clinic.

Mass General Receives Grant to Open Human Trafficking Survivor Clinic
May 1, 2014: Boston.com quotes Mass General physician Wendy Macias Konstantopoulos.

Contact

If you think you are being exploited or trafficked and need help now, please contact the National Human Trafficking Resource Center by calling 1-888-3737-888 or texting “HELP” or “INFO” to BeFree (233733). If you are in danger and need immediate assistance, call 911 or go to your local police department.

If you would like more information about the Mass General Freedom Clinic or are interested in referring a client or patient to our clinic, please fill out our online form and someone will contact you as soon as possible.

 

For more information about the Human Trafficking Initiative's educational offerings and requests for speaking engagements, please click here.

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