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Child Immigrant Crisis
NASW News - August 2014
The United States is facing a massive influx of unaccompanied child immigrants from Central America. Many of these children and teenagers are fleeing deplorable conditions at home, including gang violence, crime and extreme poverty. Others are victims of drug traffickers and sex trafficking/sexual violence. Social workers are on the front lines, helping to provide these often traumatized children with food, shelter and health and mental health care.
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Police shootings demonstrate need for social workers to press for reforms
Recent, highly publicized cases of police using deadly force against people of color, including the shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Mo. on Aug. 9, underscore the need for the social work profession to call for reforms in the nation’s law enforcement systems.