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Providing a lifetime of health and happiness to women and their loved ones through education and support.
In 1997, Ima Matul moved to Los Angeles from Indonesia to start a new life as a nanny. Instead, her employer took her passport and forced her to work 15 to 20 hours a day with no pay. She was just 17 years old.
Unfortunately, Matul’s story isn’t unique. Victims of labor trafficking, particularly women, are often controlled by violent physical, psychological and emotional abuse. And the exploitation is often underreported because of language barriers, fear and lack of education. With the support of dedicated benefactors, the Iris Cantor – UCLA Women’s Health Education & Resource Center (WHERC) is committed to changing that.
Recognized internationally for redefining clinical health care for women, WHERC unites clinical care, medical training, public health education and the promotion of female professionals in a common mission to improve the health of diverse women across their life span. Patients can count on well-rounded health care, as the center places special emphasis on bringing together physicians, scientists and community leaders to provide a variety of services.
WHERC also has a variety of learning modes to suit individual comfort levels and needs within a non-threatening and interactive environment. The center offers lectures on everything from domestic abuse to reproductive health, specialized exercise classes and support groups that address health issues and act as a conduit to other women’s health services on the UCLA campus.
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