Betsy Miles, LMSW
Betsy first became interested in working with refugees and asylum seekers when studying post-genocide peacebuilding and restoration abroad in Rwanda during her junior year of college. Betsy received her BA in International Studies and Political Science with a concentration in Human Rights and Humanitarianism at Macalester College in St. Paul, Minnesota. Shortly after graduating, Betsy moved to New York City where she served as an AmeriCorps member at the International Rescue Committee New York Resettlement Office providing college and career readiness counseling to refugees. Betsy then worked as an Intake Coordinator the Bellevue/NYU Program for Survivors of Torture (PSOT), where she served as the first point of contact for clients entering the program and coordinated client care. Her work at PSOT inspired her to go back to school to pursue a degree in Social Work to gain the clinical knowledge and skills necessary to provide mental health services to survivors of torture. During her time at Columbia School of Social Work, Betsy interned at the African Services Committee as well as at the Libertas Center for Human Rights. Additionally, she was a Tamer Center Social Enterprise Summer Fellow where she worked at the Nyakabande UNHCR Refugee Transit Camp with a community organization named Friends of Kisoro. On the Uganda-DRC border, Betsy provided individual counseling and facilitated psychosocial support groups with Congolese refugees. After graduating with her MSW, Betsy is thrilled to be back working with survivors of torture at Libertas, serving as an advocate and ally on their path to healing.