School of Social Work

ASU report finds homeless young adults at risk for labor, sex trafficking

A new report from Arizona State University has found that among homeless young adults who were surveyed, about 40% had experienced exploitation – sex trafficking or labor trafficking. And the young people who were trafficked were more likely to be addicted to drugs or alcohol and have anxiety, depression and post-traumatic stress disorder.

'I wouldn't be here without him': ASU grad's journey inspired by her late grandfather

Editor's note: This story is part of a series of profiles of notable fall 2021 graduates.

When Arizona State University student Emily Onwiler was 15 years old, she became her grandfather’s caregiver. “Pappy,” as she fondly calls him, had Lewy body dementia, a type of progressive dementia that leads to a decline in thinking, reasoning and independent functioning.

Professors expand social work practice to examine impacts of environmental changes on vulnerable populations

Climate change is linked to melting glaciers, hotter deserts, food shortages and threatened water supplies. But social workers are learning it has another effect: how environmental changes create challenges for vulnerable populations.

Concerns about these effects have ushered in a new area of the profession, environmental social work, which has begun to be called “eco-social work” and “green social work.”

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