Twelve years later, I can tell you that this is the most compelling and rewarding work I have ever done. It seems the perfect way to use and deepen my clinical skills to help people who have suffered persecution attain safety, the first step of healing. I think I have done about sixty evaluations. Along the way, I became a mentor to new network members, and then became a trainer. I am now a medical director of the Weill Cornell Center for Human Rights, which trains medical students to perform asylum evaluations.
I have been a psychiatrist for twenty-five years. Before that, I studied literature and music at Brown University, went to a then brand new medical school at Stony Brook University, did my residency and chief residency at New York Presbyterian Hospital/NY State Psychiatric Institute, and a fellowship with the Group for Advancement of Psychiatry. I am currently on the voluntary faculties of Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons and the Weill Cornell Medical College. And since 1986, I have maintained a private practice in general psychiatry in New York City.
Those sixty evaluations have given me the opportunity to meet people I will never forget, to see the world as it so often and in so many places really is, and to know that the clinical expertise I have trained so long to acquire and develop gives those who make it to this point, a chance at a new life.
Come join us. You are needed.