Journal of Human Rights and Social Work

, Volume 3, Issue 4, pp 179–182 | Cite as

Practicing Human Rights in Social Work: Reflections and Rights-Based Approaches

  • David AndroffEmail author


In this article, I share my experiences from over 15 years as a social work practitioner, researcher, educator, and academic. Drawing upon these experiences, I reflect on the state of human rights in social work and present a model for practicing human rights in social work. This article was adapted from the inaugural lecture of the Human Rights Speaker Series at West Chester University in Philadelphia on November 9, 2017.


Human rights Rights-based approaches Social work practice 



Special acknowledgement goes to Dr. Christina Chiarelli-Helminiak, Chair of the Department of Social Work at West Chester University for the invitation.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.School of Social WorkArizona State UniversityPhoenixUSA

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