September 10, 2021
Our nation lost nearly 3,000 lives 20 years ago on Sept. 11, 2001. As we remember the families, colleagues and communities most devastated by that deadly act of international terrorism on American soil, we also reflect on the series of tragedies that have shaped our world in the last two decades.
The horrific events of 9/11 forever changed most Americans’ assumptions about our country’s invulnerability, safety and security. The tragedy of that day and so many other subsequent acts of violence – domestic and international – remind us how human rights threatened in one area of the world inevitably impact the global community.
We are all connected.
The National Association of Social Workers supports increased education and awareness of the dynamics of global migration and the implications of immigration and foreign policy for human rights, well-being, world peace and stability. We also call on elected leaders to address persistent inequities within our own borders.
Following the end of the Afghanistan War on August 31, thousands of displaced Afghanis are now finding their way as refugees in America. Social workers can support their successful integration into our communities with mental health counseling, access to healthcare and employment assistance.
Human rights are the essential qualities of life that must be valued and protected for all people everywhere.
The United States’ response to displacement resulting from human emergencies, conflicts and natural disasters can continue to be a rallying point and source of pride for future generations. In an increasingly divided nation politically, the shared act of supporting and protecting fellow human beings can be an important way to show the world why democracy is worth fighting for.