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“The world is getting smaller.” “We live in a global village.” These are common phrases we hear frequently. An international perspective is an important part of social work practice. According to the Council on Social Work Education, social work’s essential competencies include understanding “the global interconnections of oppression and human rights violations,” and recognizing and understanding, among other things, the global influences that affect social policy. As technology advances and access to resources become a greater challenge for many communities, social workers will need to be aware of best practices for facilitating sustainable social development where equality of opportunity is assured.

The titles below link to summaries of research findings that are relevant to human and civil rights, with take-home messages for social work practice.


  1. Human rights practice in social work: A U.S. social worker looks to Brazil for leadership