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Supporting Asylum Seekers through Cross- Cultural Interventions and Advocacy Efforts
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When: August 29, 2018
6:00 PM- 9:00 PM
Where: NASW-NYC Chapter Office
50 Broadway, Suite 1001
New York, New York  10004
United States
Presenter: Jessica Gorelick, MA, LCSW, Kennji Kizuka, JD, and Samantha Norris, LMSW

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Asylum seekers are oftentimes an invisible community. Most have escaped extreme horror and trauma in their home countries to seek refuge in the United States. Once they arrive they are unable to get work authorization for months, sometimes years, after they apply for asylum and frequently find themselves without basic needs items, medical and mental health care, or a place to live. As many asylum seekers are isolated, frightened, and unsure of how to access support and care, they suffer in silence. As social workers are trained to work with the most vulnerable populations in our society, we seek to inform and engage the larger social work community around the unique circumstances and needs of this population. We will look at these issues through micro and macro lenses in order to address how issues can be addressed through direct services (i.e. mental health services, healthcare, etc.) and advocacy efforts (i.e. training government agencies regarding asylum seekers' needs, developing policies to protect the population, etc.).

We believe that social workers are uniquely poised to address the complex psychosocial needs of asylum seekers, as we are trained to look at situations through both wide and narrow points of view. Our goal with this program is to encourage social workers to take a leadership role in addressing the needs of asylum seekers through direct service provision and advocacy.


This course can apply to any social workers and LMFTs that work with immigration/aslyee populations, including but not limited to:

  • forensic social workers, community organizers/leadership, advocates and policy, children and families, clinicians, case managers, school social workers, hospital social workers



Jessica Gorelick, Ma, LCSW, Kennji Kizuka, JD, Samantha Norris, LMSW


3 CE/LMFT Contact Hours



All refund requests must be submitted by email to Valid requests must be received no later than five days prior to course date. 


All refunds are subject to a $20.00 administrative processing fee. Credit cannot be issued toward a future program date or substituted for another workshop. Refund requests typically require 1-2 weeks processing time.

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