Ethnicity & Race Policy and News

NASW responds to mass shootings in El Paso, Dayton

Aug 06, 2019

The mass shootings in El Paso, Texas and Dayton, Ohio were the 21st and 22nd occurrence of mass gun violence in 2019. The frequency and lethality of these acts of violence is an unbearable national outrage that must end.

Moreover, El Paso’s law enforcement officials labeling the mass shooting there as an act of domestic terrorism recognizes the growth of violent hate crimes and white supremacy nationwide.


Tools for Social Workers to Prevent Gun Violence

NASW Social Justice Brief

Jan 15, 2019

Safe Storage of Guns in the Home, Extreme Risk Protection Orders, and Other Methods of Gun Violence Prevention

NASW and the Brady Center are collaborating on gun safety programs that can reduce gun deaths in the home caused by suicide, domestic violence, and accidental gun deaths and injuries. This brief was developed jointly by NASW and the Brady Center. It reflects the anti-gun-violence and pro-gun safety values espoused by both organizations.


How To Help Immigrant Children Separated from Family

NASW | Social Work Blog

Jun 17, 2018

There are a number of ways that social workers can help immigrants who have been separated from their families. NASW created a tip sheet to compile ways you can help.


Trayvon Martin: Racial Profiling, Black Male Stigma, and Social Work Practice

Social Work Journal

Jan 02, 2018

This article examines the deleterious effects of racial profiling as it pertains to police targeting of male African Americans. The authors use the Trayvon Martin court case to exemplify how racial profiling and black male stigma help perpetuate social inequality and injustice for black men. NASW Members, sign in to read this article.


The Role of Racial Profiling in Encounters with Law Enforcement

NASW Social Justice Issue Brief

Jan 01, 2015

Racial profiling is one of the most insidious and potentially damaging phenomenon related to law enforcement‘s relationship with communities of color. Concerns about racial profiling leading to disproportionate arrests and police stops of ethnic minorities are not new. For many decades African American and Latino communities have accused law enforcement agencies (or individual officers) of targeting them without probable cause.


Ferguson, Missouri Aftermath: National Implications for Disparities in the Criminal Justice Continuum

NASW Social Justice Issue Brief

Jan 01, 2014

NASW and other organizations see the aftermath of Ferguson as an opportunity to end racial profiling by law enforcement. Racial profiling is the main reason for disproportionately higher arrests and police encounters for young men of color as compared to their white counterparts.


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