Entries by Moya Atkinson

Social Worker Ahmanise Sanati’s Letter Reporting Serious Neglect Due to COVID-19 Pandemic at LA Correctional Facility

To my honorable Elected Official: My name is Ahmanise Sanati, and I’m a Mental Health Clinical Supervisor at Twin Towers Correctional Facility in downtown Los Angeles. I’ve been there over a decade, and I’ve never been afraid to walk into work, until now. Our civic leaders have given specific directives consistent with the CDC in […]

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NASW CEO Angelo McClain on the NASW and the Impact of COVID-19 on our Criminal Justice System

Email from April 15, 2020   Dear Moya: It is important for me to restate that NASW is deeply involved with COVID-19 jails, prisons, juvenile detention, and immigrant detention issues. For example, last week, we disseminated Justice Roundtable’s COVID-19 analysis and recommendations to NASW chapters and members; the recommendations were developed in partnership with NASW. […]

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Racism is America’s Human Stain; Black Lives Matter By Mildred “Mit” Joyner

Mildred “Mit” C. Joyner, MSW, LCSW is the incoming President of the NASW. She is professor emerita of social work at West Chester University (WCU) in Pennsylvania. Joyner received a BSW from Central State University in Wilberforce, Ohio, and her MSW from Howard University’s School of Social Work in Washington, DC.         Her professional […]

Update on the California Prisoner Human Rights Movement to End Indefinite Solitary Confinement, Ashker v. Governor of California Settlement

The Ashker v. Governor of California federal class action lawsuit is before Judge Claudia Wilken in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California. Acronyms; 2.    Court Finds Systemic Constitutional Violations by California Department of Corrections: Extends Settlement to End Indefinite Solitary Confinement in California, January 28, 2019; Legal update on the Ashker […]

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A Second Call to NASW Chapter Execs to End Solitary Confinement

Moya Atkinson, former NASW-MD E.D. (1993-2002) and Member; Co-founder of Social Workers Against Solitary Confinement (SWASC) On February 2, 2019, at my request, the NASW-MD Executive Director forwarded the email below to the 55 chapter executive directors. Since we received no responses, we are writing again with a sense of urgency and deep concern. After […]