UTEP Social Work Professor, Students publish Human Rights Report

A report on human rights in North America co-written by Mark Lusk, Ed.D., professor of social work at The University of Texas at El Paso, and a group of UTEP undergraduate and graduate students has been posted as an official statement on the International Federation of Social Workers (IFSW) website.

The report presents areas of concern regarding human rights violations in the United States, Mexico and Canada. Topics include the criminal justice system, gender violence, indigenous people, and immigration.

UTEP students Claudia Calderon, Cynthia Peralta, Rosanna Camarena, Tania Leyva, Jocelyn Cepeda and Osinachi Ibilah in the Master of Social Work program; Iliana Ortiz in the Bachelor of Social Work program; and Georgina Sanchez in the Interdisciplinary Health Sciences Ph.D. program, co-authored the report.

Lusk has served as the North American regional commissioner on the IFSW’s Human Rights Commission since 2018.

The IFSW is an international body that incorporates 84 national social work organizations and represents over half a million social workers globally.

The Human Rights Commission is the IFSW division that coordinates human rights advocacy and education. It is composed of a global commissioner and regional commissioners.

Author: Daniel Perez – UTEP Communications