Susie Baldwin


What if health professionals are positioned to provide life-changing support to trafficked people, but don’t know it?


Susie Baldwin is a Public Health and Preventive Medicine physician whose career has focused on sexual and reproductive health, women’s health, epidemiology, and supporting survivors of human trafficking through clinical care, research, training and advocacy. Susie is Co-Founder and Board President of HEAL Trafficking, and works as the Sexually Transmitted Disease Controller for the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health, in the Division of HIV and STD Programs. Previously, Susie served as the Principal Investigator for the LA County Health Survey, as Medical Director for the California Family Health Council and Planned Parenthood of Southern Arizona, and as a US-Mexico border doctor. Her research has included HPV and cervical cancer prevention, access to emergency contraception, identification of trafficking victims, and psychological tactics traffickers use.


Protocol Toolkit for Developing a Response to Victims of Human Trafficking in Health Care Settings
HEAL Trafficking. January 2017

Social Determinants of Health: Housing and Health in Los Angeles County
Los Angeles County Department of Public Health. 2015. 

First, do no harm
Fehrenbacher A. CSW Update UCLA Center for the Study of Women. 2013.

Urgent Need for Sexual and Reproductive Health Care Services for Human Trafficking Survivors in the US
Baldwin S. Archive. 2012. 

Psychological Coercion in Human Trafficking
Baldwin S, Fegrenbacher AE, Eisenman DP. SAGE Journals. Qual Health Res, 2012. 25(9)1171-1181.

Identification of Human Trafficking Victims in Health Care Settings
Baldwin SB, Eisenman DP, Sayles JN, Ryan G, Chuang KS. Health and Human Rights. 2011; 13(1)1-14.

Chlamydial infection in women along the US-Mexico border
Baldwin SB., Djambazov B, Papenfuss M, et al. Int J STD AIDS, 2004; 15(12)815-821.

Condom Use and Other Factors Affecting Penile Human Papillomavirus Detection in Men Attending a Sexually Transmitted Disease Clinic
Baldwin SB, Wallace DR, et al. American Sexually Transmitted Diseases Association. 2004; 31(10)601-607. 

Human Papillomavirus Infection in Men Attending a Sexually Transmitted Disease Clinic
Baldwin SB, Wallace DR, et al. JID. 2003; 187, 1064-1070.

Make Change with PSR-LA.
Physicians for Social Responsibility-Los Angeles. March 2, 2016.

Healthy Women, Healthy Children: Pre-Conception Health in LA County
Los Angeles County Department of Public Health, Office of Health Assessment and Epidemiology. LA Health; March 2010.


Identification of human trafficking victims in healthcare settings.
Baldwin SB, Eisenman DP, Sayles JN, Ryan G, Chuang KS. Health and Human Rights. 2011;13(1):1-14. Accessed December 7, 2016.

The health consequences of sex trafficking and their implications for identifying victims in healthcare facilities. 
Lederer L, Wetzel CA. Ann Health Law. 2014;23(1):61-91. Accessed December 7, 2016.

Family Violence Prevention Fund. Turning pain into power: Trafficking survivors’ perspectives on early intervention strategies.
San Francisco, CA. Published October 2005. Accessed December 7, 2016.

Health care and human trafficking: We are seeing the unseen.
Chisolm-Straker M, Baldwin S, Gaïgbé-Togbé B, Ndukwe N, Johnson PN, Richardson LD. J Health Care Poor Underserved. 2016;27:1220-1233. 

Access to, and experiences of, healthcare services by trafficked people: findings from a mixed-methods study in England.  
Westwood J,  Howard LM, Stanley N, Zimmerman C, Gelada C, Oram S. Br J Gen Pract 2016. 

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