Social Justice Priorities
Five social justice priorities serve as guiding principles for NASW's national office and Chapters:
Criminal justice / Juvenile justice
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Social Justice Issue Briefs
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.
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
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.