Atira has contributed to various research reports on trauma and sex trafficking, including as co-researcher on post-traumatic growth in sex-trafficked survivors for the UN ‘Rights of a Child’, and has been published in books on art therapy, reproductive health and gender-based violence.
In 2010, Atira was voted by Asian Spa Magazine as one of the Top Ten Philanthropists in Asia.
In 2016, moved by the devastation of the 2015 earthquake in Nepal, Atira founded Yoga for Freedom in Australia, bringing the global yoga community together to raise money and awareness for this cause, and the 20.9 million children, teens and adults globally living in the sexual slavery. Yoga for Freedom is continuing its third year in a row, bridging the western commercial yoga industry with the spirit of giving back to those less fortunate through the practice of yoga, raising over $65,000 for the cause of ending child sex slavery spanning 4 years.
Nowadays, Atira is the clinical director and CEO of Art to Healing, and is currently working on her PhD. She is researching the efficacy of creative and somatic approaches for trauma resolution in sex-trafficked survivors in Asia, and creating a new paradigm of recovery from developmental, complex and cultural trauma for Asian women and girls.