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Facilitating Injustice: The Complicity of Social Workers in the Forced Removal & Incarceration of Japanese Americans
October 26, 2020 @ 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm
Social workers were integral cogs in the WWII federal program of forced removal, incarceration, and resettlement of 120,000 persons of “Japanese ancestry.” This forgotten disciplinary history underscores an enduring tension in the field—the conflict between its purported value-base promoting pluralism and social justice and its professional functions enabling injustice and actualizing social biases.
Highlighting the urgency to examine the profession’s current approaches, practices, and policies, this presentation raises the question: how should social work should understand its ethics and responsibilities in these troubled times?
Presented by Yoosun Park, PhD, MSW, associate professor, Smith College School for Social Work