Diversity, Equity & Social Justice

Advocating for Survivors of Human Rights Abuse

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Kristen Zaleski, clinical associate professor at the USC Suzanne Dworak-Peck School of Social Work, and Yareli Contreras, Master of Social Work (MSW) student, present the school’s partnership with the Keck Human Rights Clinic, and how social justice and human rights are inextricably linked within the U.S. immigration system. This interactive discussion overviews topics of gender-based violence, human rights abuses and asylum law in the U.S. Learn about the role of forensic mental health assessments in the immigration justice system and its important place for social workers in advocating for human rights.

Who Will Benefit

– Those hoping to learn more about the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) and the current human rights abuses that the U.S. faces today
– Social workers looking to explore immigration-related concerns for human rights abuses
– Those seeking to gain experience as advocates for health and human rights

About Our Featured Faculty

Kristen Zaleski is a professor, psychotherapist and researcher of sexual violence in both civilian and military settings. Her current research interests include technology facilitated sexual violence, gender based violence and its connection to human rights within American society, and clinical treatments of trauma in the therapy room. She is a topic expert on sexual violence in American society, PTSD and stress response, interpersonal neurobiology and modern day attachment theory. Zaleski’s work and research experience makes her a unique authority on the micro influences of trauma on the psychological, physical and spiritual health of an individual.