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Black Lives Matter: Social Work and the Future of Policing
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Black Lives Matter: Social Work and the Future of Policing

When: Tuesday, June 20, 2020
From 2-3:30pm
Where: United States

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Policing in America is racially violent. We have seen this recently in the murders of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, and Ahmaud Arbury. Moreover, all of these homicides occurred during the COVID-19 pandemic, which disproportionately wreaks havoc on communities of color. As a result, people from all racial backgrounds have realized that longstanding racism in America is not just morally wrong—it is deadly—and they are speaking up, peacefully protesting to demand long overdue reforms.

Calls to “defund the police” have spawned initiatives to rethink and reimagine policing. Social workers have been engaged in efforts to create more equitable and effective systems for public service for years. This virtual congressional briefing will feature the work of social and criminal justice scholars and practitioners.


  • Derrick Jackson, Director of Community Engagement for the Washtenaw County Sheriff’s Office in Michigan
  • George T. Patterson, Associate Professor in the Silberman School of Social Work at Hunter College, City University of New York
  • Desmond U. Patton, Associate Professor and Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, Columbia University School of Social Work
  • Carrie Pettus-Davis, Associate Professor and Founding Director of the Institute for Justice Research and Development at Florida State University School of Social Work
  • Charles E Lewis Jr., President of CRISP


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The event is sponsored by the Center for Social Development (CSD) at the Brown School of Social Work at Washington University in St. Louis, the National Association of Social Workers (NASW), and the Congressional Research Institute for Social Work and Policy (CRISP) in conjunction with the offices of Rep. Barbara Lee, MSW (D-CA-13), Chair of the Congressional Social Work Caucus; and Rep. Karen Bass, MSW (D-CA-37).

Cosponsors include the American Academy of Social Work and Social Welfare; Arizona State University School of Social Work; Boston College of Social Work; the Council for Social Work Education (CSWE); Colorado State University School of Social Work and College of Health and Human Sciences; Florida State University, College of Social Work; Grand Challenges for Social Work; Influencing Social Policy (ISP); Loyola University Chicago, School of Social Work; the National Association of County Behavioral Health and Developmental Disability Directors (NACBHDD), the National Association for Rural Mental Health; (NARMH); New York University Silver School of Social Work; the Society for Social Work and Research (SSWR); the University of Missouri School of Social Work; USC Suzanne Dworak-Peck School of Social Work; University of South Florida School of Social Work; University of Texas at Austin Steve Hicks School of Social Work; and Washington University’s Brown School and Clark-Fox Policy Institute.

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