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News Items – September 20, 2013

Summit Aims to Help Parolees
The News-Gazette (Champaign-Urbana, IL)
As a social worker at Central High School in Champaign for the past 14 years, Tiffany Gholson recognized the names of some of the young men arrested for gun violence in Champaign during the month of June.… And thus was born the idea of bringing a “Summit of Hope” program to Champaign.

[Video] Social worker presents scientific approach to fighting poverty in Norfolk
WTKR-TV, Norfolk, VA
Poverty is a disease. That’s the message to Norfolk city leaders from Dr. Marcella Wilson. The well-known social worker presented her scientific approach to fighting poverty at the Up Center last week. The “transition to success model” is showing signs of success after it was started in Detroit several years ago, officials say. Dr. Wilson is hoping to integrate this same model in different cities across the country – including Norfolk.

Sixth Circuit: Social Workers Entitled to Qualified Immunity Because Law Not Sufficiently Clear
The National Law Review
As I learn more and more about the social work field as my (new) wife continues on her path to becoming a social worker, I realize that social workers often see life at its lowest points. Never was that more true than in this case that the Sixth Circuit recently published. The factual background of the case is akin to a horror novel.

Barbara Lee’s Rising Star Takes Social Work to the UN
Social Justice Solutions
California Congresswoman Barbara Lee (D-13), Chair of the Congressional Social Work Caucus and all-around phenomenal woman of the 21st century has added a new role to her influential leadership portfolio—United States Representative to the United Nations, assuming her appointment by President Barack Obama will be confirmed by the Senate.

Panel decries food stamp cuts
The Charleston (WV) Gazette
Sam Hickman, state leader of the National Association of Social Workers, said, “Some people will lose their lives if this legislation goes forward. “One in five children in West Virginia was ‘food insecure’ in 2012. Hungry children tend to underperform in school and have more behavioral problems.” Hickman said.

The CNN Freedom Project—Ending Modern Slavery: Exploited Boys Are Too Often Failed
Editor’s Note: Steven Procopio is a Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker and a member of the Academy of Certified Social Workers. He helps male victims of childhood abuse including a focus on public health, HIV, and homelessness. He is also is a faculty adviser at the Boston University School of Social Work macro practice department.

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