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Dr. Richard F. Mollica, M.D. is the Director of the Harvard Program in Refugee Trauma (HPRT) of Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical School. Under Dr. Mollica’s direction, HPRT conducts training, policy and research activities for traumatized populations around the world. Dr. Mollica received his medical degree from the University of New Mexico and completed his Psychiatry residency at Yale Medical School. He has received numerous awards for his work and is the author of the newly published book Healing Invisible Wounds: Paths to Hope and Recovery in a Violent World. In 1993, he received the human rights award from the American Psychiatric Association and in 1996, the American Orthopsychiatry Association presented him with the Max Hymen Award. He and his team over the past 30 years have cared for over 10,000 survivors of extreme violence worldwide. Through his research, clinical work, and trainings, Dr. Mollica is recognized as a leader in the treatment and rehabilitation of traumatized people and their communities.

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Dr. Lucia Roncalli, M.D. is a former midwife who has travelled throughout the world helping victims of trauma, especially women and children. She has extensively investigated the nature and science of trauma, healing and resiliency and has been trained by Dr. Peter Levine and Dr. Richard F. Mollica in how to work with laypeople and medical experts in cultivating healing in traumatized populations. She currently works in Sonoma, CA where her practice includes a weekly group of Cambodian women survivors and young women using art, spirituality and culture to address resiliency.

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Youk Chhang is the Executive Director of the Documentation Center of Cambodia and a survivor of the Khmer Rouge’s “killing fields.” He became DC-Cam’s leader in 1995, when the Center was founded as a field office of Yale University’s Cambodian Genocide Program to conduct research, training and documentation relating to the Khmer Rouge regime. Chhang continued to run the Center after its inception as an independent Cambodian non-governmental organization in 1997 and is currently building on DC-Cam’s work to establish the Sleuk Rith Institute, a permanent hub for genocide studies in Asia, based in Phnom Penh. Chhang is also the author of Cambodia's Hidden Scars and the executive producer of a documentary film entitled A River Changes Course (2012), known as Kbang Tik Tonle in Khmer, about the changing social, economic, and environmental landscape in Cambodia. He was named one of TIME magazine’s “60 Asian heroes” in 2006 and one of the “Time 100” most influential people in the world in 2007 for his stand against impunity in Cambodia and elsewhere.