This episode of Stories from the Field features Carolina Sheinfeld from the Legal Aid Foundation of Los Angeles. Sheinfeld, an international human rights analyst, came to the work through volunteering.
Sheinfeld says that the thing that keeps her going is the diversity of the client base, and their different experiences in life. Your work changes their life. Keep self-care in mind because there's something called Secondary Trauma, and avoiding it is not a useful approach. Sheinfeld appeals: "Please, if you feel exhausted... you have invasive thoughts... you don't prioritize yourself... talk to your supervisor, talk to your friends, if you can, talk to a therapist." She recommends Thich Nhat Hanh's Miracle of Mindfulness and exhorts new workers in the field to take care of themselves.