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  • Social work is a professional and academic discipline committed to the pursuit of social welfare and social change. The field works towards research and practice to improve the quality of life and to the development of the potential of each individual, group and community of a society.
  • (Social Worker (The Sims 2)) The Sims 2 is a 2004 strategic life simulation computer game developed by Maxis and published by Electronic Arts. It is the sequel to the best-selling computer game, The Sims, which debuted on February 4, 2000.
  • (social worker) someone employed to provide social services (especially to the disadvantaged)
  • activity directed toward making or doing something; "she checked several points needing further work"
  • Activity involving mental or physical effort done in order to achieve a purpose or result
  • a product produced or accomplished through the effort or activity or agency of a person or thing; "it is not regarded as one of his more memorable works"; "the symphony was hailed as an ingenious work"; "he was indebted to the pioneering work of John Dewey"; "the work of an active imagination";
  • A place or premises for industrial activity, typically manufacturing
  • Such activity as a means of earning income; employment
  • exert oneself by doing mental or physical work for a purpose or out of necessity; "I will work hard to improve my grades"; "she worked hard for better living conditions for the poor"
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Global Woman: Nannies, Maids, and Sex Workers in the New Economy
Global Woman: Nannies, Maids, and Sex Workers in the New Economy
“Important and provocative . . . There are many tempting reasons to pick up Global Woman.” —The New York Times

Women are moving around the globe as never before. But for every female executive racking up frequent flier miles, there are multitudes of women whose journeys go unnoticed. Each year, millions leave third world countries to work in the homes, nurseries, and brothels of the first world. This broad-scale transfer of labor results in an odd displacement, in which the female energy that flows to wealthy countries is subtracted from poor ones—easing a “care deficit” in rich countries, while creating one back home.

Confronting a range of topics from the fate of Vietnamese mail-order brides to the importation of Mexican nannies in Los Angeles, Global Woman offers an original look at a world increasingly shaped by mass migration and economic exchange. Collected and with an Introduction by bestselling social critics Barbara Ehrenreich and Arlie Russell Hochschild, this groundbreaking anthology reveals a new era in which the main resource extracted from developing nations is no longer gold or silver, but love.

UNHCR News Story: UNHCR works to improve conditions for hundreds at Egyptian border
UNHCR News Story: UNHCR works to improve conditions for hundreds at Egyptian border
UNHCR oversees aid distributions at the Sallum border crossing. UNHCR / L. Dobbs / February 2012 UNHCR works to improve conditions for hundreds at Egyptian border SALLUM, Egypt, March 22 (UNHCR) – The cramped site for refugees at the Sallum border crossing has to be one of the most difficult UNHCR is facing anywhere. "The location where the refugees and [other] people of concern are accommodated is, by any definition, in the wrong place," said Yvan Sturm, head of the UNHCR team in Sallum, where the agency has been providing vital protection assistance and material aid for the past year. It's largely a warren of makeshift homes built haphazardly between two busy roads and in the shadow of six massive UNHCR tents and customs and immigration buildings at the Egyptian end of no-man's land. The site houses more than 2,000 people who can't go further into Egypt and don't want to go back to Libya or their home countries. What's more it's located in a military zone, which makes it even more complicated to bring in assistance. "The conditions are far from what they should be," added Sturm, a veteran Swiss aid worker who has been deployed to improve the situation and streamline the UNHCR operation. He said a solution was in sight with government assistance. Last year, Sallum was global news with more than 300,000 people, mostly Egyptians and migrant workers, passing through to escape the conflict in Libya. But those unable to go home were not allowed to leave the border area. Some 240 have since been resettled in Scandinavia, Canada, Switzerland and the United States, but the others are still waiting to discover their fate, including women and children in need of a proper education. A senior border official said the proximity of so many civilians in the border area was leading to tension with drivers and affecting operations at the crossing, which has filled with makeshift refugee dwellings and busy shops and restaurants made of wooden frames, sheeting and blankets. Some are located close to latrines and leaking waste, a health hazard, while wires criss-cross the site, tapping into the electricity mains without authorization and posing a risk of fire or electrocution. And some people use gas stoves in their shelters. A few days after Sturm talked, a blaze did break out in a market area and consumed about 50 structures. There were no deaths or injuries, and it was not the first such incident, but it did highlight the need for a solution. Sturm said the answer was a new, professionally planned and managed site. "A new site has been proposed by the government in the same location, still within the border area," he said. "It is an area of 95,000 square metres where we are going to install 400 tents." It would be under UNHCR management, self-contained, include all necessary facilities and utilize the highest standards. "This is the best idea," said the senior border official. The proposed site is currently wasteland stretching down towards the Libyan border, populated by scorpions and not much else, but it should help to improve the safety and quality of life for those stuck at the border, mostly young Sudanese men, hoping for resettlement. Almost 1,700 of those at Sallum have been referred for resettlement, mostly to the United States, but they could be waiting for months before departure, making it imperative that they have decent living conditions away from busy border operations in this difficult location. A further 300 have been told by UNHCR they won't be considered for resettlement, but they still remain here. Almost everyone that UNHCR spoke to had grievances. "The conditions are so bad here," said Al-Tahir, from West Darfur in Sudan, complaining about health care, lack of education for his children and the quality of food. The refugee agency runs a daily clinic for primary health care at the border, while the Egyptian Red Cross and a women's group from Sallum distribute three meals daily for UNHCR. Al-Tahir and others were also concerned about security. "People [in the camp] are fighting every day," he said. Most women and children stay in the big UNHCR tents, but some were concerned about their safety with so many single men around. "It is a very serious security problem," one female refugee, who has been referred for resettlement, told UNHCR. She said women were especially vulnerable when they went to the toilet. "As a woman, you cannot live alone." In a managed, carefully laid out and enclosed camp, such problems would be much easier to address effectively. Sharif from Sudan was not as concerned about security, but he worried about his family, who stayed in one of the large warehouse tents. "The children are suffering a lot and my wife does not feel comfortable." Sturm, meanwhile, acknowledged that UNHCR had faced obstacles with the quality of assistance at Sallum,
Where do you work?
Where do you work?
As she views the AEA map at the IA St. Fair, she puts stickers by all the districts she will serve as their school social worker this school year! Congrats on your new job...Ms College Grad! Your economic outlook is improving! And how fortunate these schools are to have you on staff!
where do social workers work
where do social workers work
Where Soldiers Fear to Tread: A Relief Worker's Tale of Survival
“There is going to be a shooting here and it is a toss-up who is going to get the boy’s first round. The soldier, about ten years old, is jamming the barrel of his gun hard against my driver’s face, and unless the kid decides to go for me, the relief worker, my driver is going to get his head blown off.”


John Burnett survived this ordeal and others during his service as a relief worker in Somalia. But many did not. In this gripping firsthand account, Burnett shares his experiences during the flood relief operations of 1997 to 1998. Ravaged by monsoons, starvation, and feuding warlords, Somalia continues to be one of the most dangerous places on earth. Both a personal story and a broader tale of war, the politics of aid, and the horrifying reality of child-soldiers, his chronicle represents the astonishing challenges faced by humanitarian workers across the globe.

There are currently thousands of civilian workers serving in over one hundred nations. Today, they are as likely to be killed in the line of duty as are trained soldiers. In the past five years alone, more UN aid workers have been killed than peacekeepers. When Burnett joined the World Food Program, he was told their mission would be safe, their help welcomed–and they would be pulled out if bullets started to fly.

When he arrived in Somalia, Burnett found a nation rent by a decade of anarchy, a people wary of foreign intervention, and a discomfiting uncertainty that the UN would remember he’d been sent there at all.

From Burnett’s young Somali driver to the armed civilians, warlords, and colleagues he would never see again, this unforgettable memoir delves into the complexity of humanitarian missions and the wonder of everyday people who risk their lives to help others in places too dangerous to send soldiers.

“Where Soldiers Fear to Tread is a rousing adventure story and a troubling morality tale....If you’ve ever sent 20 bucks off to a relief organization, you owe it to yourself to read this book.”--Michael Maren, author of
The Road to Hell: The Ravaging Effects of Foreign Aid and International Charity

From the Hardcover edition.