Mónica Pombo, LCSW-R, joined Columbia Health in July 2017. Monica has worked with and advocated for survivors of sexual violence and gender based violence for over 15 years.
Prior to joining the Sexual Violence Response team, Monica was a project manager in the Office of Collaborative Policing at the New York City Police Department. Her work focused on developing, planning and managing initiatives that improved the NYPD’s response to victims of crime. Before working at the NYPD, Monica was the sexual assault program coordinator at the Crime Victims Treatment Center at Mt. Sinai St. Luke’s and Mt. Sinai West. In that role, she managed the operations of the Sexual Assault Forensic Examiner Program; provided bilingual, individual and group therapy for survivors of sexual assault, domestic violence, adult survivors of childhood sexual abuse and homicide survivors and co-survivors. She also provided trauma-informed trainings and workshops. Monica also worked at the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office as a counselor. She provided individual and group counseling, crisis intervention, case management, and advocacy for victims and witnesses of crime.
Monica has facilitated trainings and workshops for physicians, nurses, support staff, volunteers, students, criminal justice and mental health professionals (e.g., assistant district attorneys, judges, police officers, and social workers). Her areas of expertise are trauma and victimization, including dynamics of sexual assault and domestic violence. Monica has served in city and state task forces, advisories and coalitions that advocate for survivors of sexual assault, intimate partner violence and other crimes. In addition to her work at Columbia, Monica has a psychotherapy private practice on the Upper West Side.