Barbara Eisold, PhD
I began doing asylum evaluations as a volunteer approximately eight years ago. Participating directly this way, in contributing to the “freedom” of another person, seemed related somehow to my experience as a child, growing up in New York City after World War II, where I heard frequent stories of escape from the holocaust. The actual work with asylum seekers, however, has turned out to be extremely valuable to me in ways I could never have predicted.
I have written in more detail about my experiences as an evaluator, in this article for The American Psychological Association.