- Tamar Ezer, Associate Director and a Lecturer in Law with the Human Rights Clinic at the University of Miami School of Law.
- Jennifer Swain, Executive Director, youthSpark, Inc.
- Kisha B. Holden, PhD, MSCR, Poussaint-Satcher Endowed Chair in Mental Health and Director of the Satcher Health Leadership Institute at Morehouse School of Medicine (MSM)
- Darlene C. Lynch, Head of External Relations for The Center for Victims of Torture-Atlanta
- Dr. Sharnell Myles, Psy.D., LPC, Founder and Executive Director, JoyUs Beginnings Child & Family Wellness Center and The Trauma Resource Institute, LLC
- Dabney P. Evans, PhD, MPH, Associate Professor of Global Health in the Rollins School of Public Health at Emory University
Overview: Traumatic experiences are often implicated in behavioral health disorders. Trauma occurs within personal, social and other contextual aspects of a person and their intersecting identities. Trauma and violence (including structural violence and inter- and intra-personal violence) have detrimental effects on humans’ mental and physical health. Panic attacks, post traumatic stress disorder, substance abuse, depression and anxiety often arise from domestic violence and other identity-based abuse. Coping with emotional and psychological traumas becomes burdensome for survivors and mental health issues often are ignored or go untreated.