Social Justice

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Social Justice Priorities

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

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Social Justice Briefs

Addressing COVID-19 and Correctional Facilities: A Social Work Imperative

COVID-19 has quickly spread in many of the nation’s jails and prisons. Policymakers, correctional staff, and public health service providers can play an important role in responding to the prevention and urgent service needs of people impacted by incarceration who are particularly vulnerable, directly and indirectly, to the effects of coronavirus of COVID-19.

Implications of Coronavirus (COVID-19) for America’s Vulnerable and Marginalized Populations

The impact of the COVID-19 pandemic is exponentially increased among those on the margins of our society. Therefore, it is critical that these families and individuals included in federal and state governments’ efforts to fight the spread of COVID-19, and that they are protected from related social and civic disruptions that will occur as the virus spreads.

Challenges of Refugee Resettlement: Policy and Psychosocial Factors

This social justice brief discusses, analyzes, and makes policy recommendations about the process for obtaining refugee status and resettlement in the United States.

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, have taken a sharp turn as the Trump administration implemented the so-called zero-tolerance policy. This policy has 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
Senior Policy Consultant on Social Justice

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