Beyond study abroad: A human rights delegation to teach policy advocacy

Denise Gammonley, Karen Smith Rotabi, Janett Forte, Amanda Martin

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Advancement of human rights is a core competency in the social work curriculum. Presented is a model to teach policy practice from a human rights perspective based on a violence-against-women delegation visit to Guatemala. Postdelegation policy advocacy responses included White House and State Department briefings on the problems, 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.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)619-634
Number of pages16
JournalJournal of Social Work Education
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - Oct 1 2013

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Education
  • Social Sciences (miscellaneous)


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