Problems and Solutions in US Refugee Resettlement Policy: An Interview with Liyam Eloul

  • Marisa Kanof


Liyam Eloul is a trauma therapist specialized in the field of refugee mental health. She received her BA in Cultural Psychology from Queen’s University, Ontario, a graduate diploma in Psychosocial Interventions for Refugees and Forced Migrants at the American University in Cairo, and her MA in International Disaster Psychology from the University of Denver. Eloul has worked with resettled refugee populations in the United States and refugee populations in Egypt, Afghanistan, Syria, Oman, and Jordan. She received a Fulbright Award for cross-cultural trauma research in Oman, and has published on mental health and psychosocial programming in the United States, Oman, and Syria. Currently, Eloul is a Psychotherapist Trainer with the Center for Victims of Torture in Amman, Jordan.

Author Biography

Marisa Kanof

MARISA KANOF is a second-year Master of Public Policy candidate at The George Washington University. She comes to GW after having received a J.D. from the Boston University School of Law and a B.A. in Political Science from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. Prior to coming to GW she spent almost four years on the campaign trail organizing for a variety of progressive candidates including President Barack Obama and women’s health advocate Sandra Fluke. In her spare time she enjoys reading, photography, and long walks on the Mt. Vernon Trail.

The author thanks the Policy Perspectives editorial team, Monika Jansen and Charlotte Nugent, for their guidance throughout the interview process. She also thanks Charlotte Nugent and Emily Russel for their keen editorial eyes, from which this interview benefited greatly. The author has been lucky enough to learn from some remarkable educators throughout her academic career, particularly the ones who taught her how to write, think critically, and expand her worldview. She would like to acknowledge them here: Jean Moore, Robert Haskett, John Ostlund, Randy Munsen, Connie Shalek, Chris North, Jeffrey Sedgwick, and Vincent Ferraro. Additionally she thanks her parents for their continued support. Finally, the author thanks Harold - he knows why.