Social Justice

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Social Justice Priorities

Five social justice priorities serve as guiding principles for NASW's national office and Chapters:

  • Voters rights
  • Criminal justice / Juvenile justice
  • Environmental justice
  • Immigration
  • Economic justice

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Social Justice Issue Briefs

The Color of Juvenile Transfer: Policy & Practice Recommendations

In every state in the nation, youth under age 18 are eligible to be transferred from juvenile court to adult court. Black youth are approximately 14% of the total youth population, but 47.3% of the youth who are transferred to adult court by juvenile court judges who believe the youth cannot benefit from the services of their court.

Migrant and Asylum-Seeking Families: Analysis of Federal Government Policies and Procedures

National policies on responding to families and unaccompanied minors, particularly those entering at the Mexico-U.S. border, recently took a sharp turn as the Trump administration implemented the so-called zero-tolerance policy.

This policy — when coupled with family separation policies — has blurred the lines between how families and children are traditionally processed when they cross the border. As we know by now, the results have been that these unclear and rushed procedures have contributed to potentially life-long harm to both parents and children who are entangled in this morass.

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For more information about NASW's social justice initiatives, contact: 

Melvin H. Wilson, LCSW
Manager, Social Justice & Human Rights

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