The Role of Rights-Based Social Work in Contemporary Latin American Diasporas: The Case of Venezuelan Migrant Children

18 Pages Posted: 2 Aug 2019

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Maria de Lourdes Alves Lima Zanatta

University of Itajaí Valley (UNIVALI)

Erick da Luz Scherf

University of Vale do Itajaí - UNIVALI

Date Written: July 25, 2019

Abstract

The scenario of international migration within Latin America has witnessed a turning point since the outbreak of the Venezuelan crisis in 2013, with children occupying an important percentage of these human displacements. On this account, this research focuses on the potentialities of rights-based social work in promoting the human rights of Venezuelan migrant children, exploring how social workers may help them overcome positions of rightlessness and increased vulnerability. This article provides a children’s rights-based approach to social workers who are directly involved in social work with migrant children. Even though our scope of analysis was directed to the experience of Venezuelan migrant children, we believe that this research might serve as an important source to guide social workers involved in general work with child migrants in different social and geographical backgrounds.

Note: “This is a post-peer-review, pre-copyedit version of an article published in Journal of Human Rights and Social Work. The final authenticated version is available online at: http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s41134-019-00104-1”.

Keywords: rights-based social work, human rights, child migration, Venezuelan children, Latin America

Suggested Citation

Alves Lima Zanatta, Maria de Lourdes and da Luz Scherf, Erick, The Role of Rights-Based Social Work in Contemporary Latin American Diasporas: The Case of Venezuelan Migrant Children (July 25, 2019). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3426697 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3426697

Maria de Lourdes Alves Lima Zanatta

University of Itajaí Valley (UNIVALI) ( email )

Erick Da Luz Scherf (Contact Author)

University of Vale do Itajaí - UNIVALI ( email )

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Rua Uruguai
Itajaí, SC Santa Catarina 88302-901
Brazil

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