SWASC is most appreciative that Joseph Wronka has joined our group. He is the author of the seminal text book Human Rights and Social Justice: Social Action and Service for the Helping and Health Professions, Second Edition (Sage, 2017) He has agreed to support SWASC members in creating modules and other instructional resources on the issue of solitary confinement.

He is professor of social work, Springfield College, MA, representative to the U.N. in Geneva for the International Association of Schools of Social Work (IASSW} and part-time representative for the People’s Movement for Human Rights Learning to the UN in New York (PDHRE.org).

He worked as a master’s level clinician in the Bedford-Stuyvesant section of Brooklyn, NY and was a licensed clinician in the State of Alaska, where he also developed a generalist counseling program and was director of a mental health/substance center. As Tina Maschi, herself a Human Rights expert stated about his book, “Joseph Wronka is truly a social work scholar and visionary of integrating human rights in the helping and health professions.  His transdisciplinary approach offers a tangible model to realizing rights for all people in all places.”  He is presently on the Fulbright Senior Specialist Roster in the discipline of social work.

His book, along with an Instructors’ Manual, which includes PowerPoints, lecture notes, examination questions, further questions for discussion and social action activities can be accessed at:  https://us.sagepub.com/en-us/nam/human-rights-and-social-justice/book245381.
His website, https://humanrightsculture.org/ can also serve as a portal to knowledge and activities that ought to move people to direct non-violent social actions to create a socially just world, constructed from the pillars of human rights, that is, a human rights culture which he defines as a “lived awareness” of human rights principles in our minds and hearts and dragged into our everyday lives.