Beyond Study Abroad: Human Rights Delegation

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Jan 07, 2012 / 0 comments

Beyond Study Abroad: Human Rights Delegation

Gammonley, D., Rotabi, K. S., Forte, J., & Martin, A. (in press). Beyond study abroad: A human rights delegation to teach policy advocacy. Journal of Social Work Education.


Advancement of human rights is a core competency in the social work curriculum. We present a model to teach policy practice from a human rights perspective based on a violence-against women delegation visit to Guatemala. Post-delegation policy advocacy responses included White House and State Department briefings on the problem, including femicide. Case examples of witnessed testimony about human rights violations including rape, femicide, and human trafficking reflect the unique and dynamic nature of social work practice in a global context. We link Council on Social Work Education core competencies in policy practice and human rights to experiential learning strategies used by the delegation and derive lessons learned to advance human rights education for the profession. 


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