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News from the Social Work Policy Network


Voices from the Field: Human Trafficking
Human Trafficking: Meeting the Needs of Survivors Through Legal and Social Services in NJ

Wednesday, January 25, 2023 | 10:30 AM - 12 PM ET 

Join Anisa Rahim, Esq. and Monica Kristen, LSW for a training highlighting human trafficking in New Jersey, and describe the survivor-focused response through Legal Services of New Jersey’s PROTECT Project. The training will define human trafficking and provide a legal context for survivor relief.The long-term impact of this type of victimization will be explored including available civil legal remedies to address the changing needs of a survivor.

Register here

The Two Faces of American Freedom
Lecture with Professor Aziz Rana

Wednesday, January 25, 2023 | 10:30 AM - 12 PM ET 

This lecture explores the arguments in the book, The Two Faces of American Freedom (Harvard University Press). Rana situates the American experience within the global history of colonialism, examining the intertwined relationship in U.S. constitutional practice between internal accounts of freedom and external projects of power and expansion. In the process, he reinterprets the American political tradition from the colonial period to modern times, placing issues especially of race, immigration, and national security in the context of shifting notions of empire and citizenship.

Learn more and register here

Professional Opportunities


Policy Analyst - Children's Rights (New York City, NY)

Administrative Associate, Training & Education Program - New Immigrant Community Empowerment (NICE) (Queens, NY)

Bilingual Intake and Outreach Coordinator- New Jersey Citizen Action (Highland Park, NJ)

Communications Associate (Part-Time) - Waterfront Alliance (New York City, NY)

Lead Organizer - Make the Road States (Elizabeth, NJ)

Program Manager - First Friends of New Jersey & New York (Kearny, NJ)


State Policy Fellow, Center on Budget and Policy Priorities (Multiple Locations)

National Updates

New program lets private citizens sponsor refugees in U.S.- WHYY - “Everyday Americans will be able to help refugees adjust to life in the U.S. in a program launched Thursday by the State Department as a way to give private citizens a role in resettling the thousands of refugees who arrive every year. The State Department program is called the Welcome Corps. The agency aims to line up 10,000 Americans who can help 5,000 refugees during the first year of the program.”

988 Lifeline sees boost in use and funding in first months- NPR - “The 988 Suicide and Crisis Lifeline received over 1.7 million calls, texts and chats in its first five months. That's nearly half a million more than the old 10-digit Suicide Prevention Lifeline fielded during the same period the year before.”

Don’t freak out over the debt limit … yet- Politico - “‘EXTRAORDINARY MEASURES’ — The U.S. breached its statutory $31.4 trillion “debt ceiling” today. And precisely nothing happened. Markets paid it little mind. Even senior White House aides privately expressed fairly breezy confidence to Nightly that they will somehow find a path with a raucous House majority to raise the borrowing cap by mid-to late summer when it will really matter.”

Florida schools will not offer AP African American Studies course- Reuters - “Florida will not allow high school students to take a new Advanced Placement (AP) class in African American Studies, saying in a letter to College Board, the nonprofit that develops the courses, that the pilot version "lacks educational value." The letter to the educational nonprofit - which runs the Advanced Placement Program - was the latest move by the conservative administration of Republican Governor Ron DeSantis to criticize and even outlaw some educational efforts about racism and slavery.”

Mutual aid meets the needs of people affected by climate disasters- Prism Reports - “In the absence of government support and structures to safeguard against climate chaos, communities across the U.S. rely on mutual aid and solidarity.”

Local & Regional Updates

Free, walk-in clinics help people who are homeless with addictions- NJ Spotlight News - “Through the novel program, the state Department of Human Services will provide both Eva’s Village in Paterson and the Rescue Mission of Trenton with $425,000 to operate medication-assisted-treatment clinics open to shelter residents and visitors, without the need for an appointment.”

Assembly panel advances bill making ‘sextortion’ a crime- NJ Monitor - “Lawmakers took another step toward making it a crime to use sexual images to extort victims during a committee hearing Thursday. Known as sextortion, it can involve someone hacking into a person’s computer or phone to steal sexual images and threaten to distribute them, or coercing a victim into taking explicit photos or videos and then using them to demand more. The bill (A343) would make it a third-degree crime.”

NJ pairs more mental health specialists with police officers- NJ Spotlight News - “As calls for police reform continue in New Jersey and across the country, the state is expanding a pilot program aimed at minimizing the use of force by police when they’re called to incidents of mental or behavioral health crisis. The program pairs mental health specialists with the police officers.”

How Mount Sinai's nurse strike ended: Details emerge around the final deal- Gothamist - “An inside look at the agreement, which a Mount Sinai nurse shared with Gothamist prior to the vote, shows the strike delivered some key concessions around staffing that nurses said were key to patient safety and their own wellbeing – but that hospital administrators were initially reluctant to budge on.”

Media of the Week

Corporations Own Most Of Newark's Homes. New Laws Are Pushing Back- Patch - “A study cast a dark shadow on property ownership in New Jersey's largest city. Here's what officials have been doing since it came out.”

Post Reports Podcast- Climate trauma is real. Could nature be the cure?

As California works through the devastating consequences of catastrophic flooding, today on “Post Reports” we look back at another climate disaster and ask if survivors can find healing on the very land that holds the scars of climate change.