Plymouth, MN — Comfort Dondo uses her powerful personal story to break the stigma and silence around childhood trauma and childhood sexual abuse in African immigrant communities in Minnesota. She seeks to establish culturally specific mental health healing services and substance abuse support to address what she believes is an invisible epidemic. To bring cultural healing to greater numbers of women in her community, she will build a pool of therapists and coaches who understand the unique challenges of child sexual abuse and gender-based violence toward African immigrant women. She will also research organizations across the country that provide successful culturally specific prevention and intervention strategies. To advance her leadership in this arena, she will complete her doctorate in psychology and family therapy.