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About Us

Free Palestine! 

As social workers invested in dismantling harmful systems and building liberatory ones, we demand an end to ongoing Israeli occupation and genocide against the Palestinian people. We resist international complicity, propaganda, and the repression and criminalization of protest, and call on our friends, communities, organizations, institutions, and electeds to do the same.

Our work toward abolition and liberation is connected on a global scale. We invite social workers everywhere to join us in solidarity with Palestinians through listening, learning, and joining struggles for a free Palestine. Stay tuned with us on social media @abolitionistsw for Power Hours and other upcoming opportunities for engagement.

Stop Gaza Genocide Action Toolkit by US Campaign for Palestinian Rights


Act Now Against These Companies Profiting from Genocide from BDS Movement


Legal Resources for those Advocating for Palestine Across the US from Palestine Legal


Take Action Toolkit from Visualizing Palestine


All Out for Palestine Toolkit from Palestinian Feminist Collective


All the Walls Will Fall: 2023 Palestine Liberation Resource List from Palestinian Youth Movement


Resources from Gaza is Palestine 

Black and Palestinian Solidarity Organizing Toolkit

Healing-Centered Resources for Those Impacted by Violence in Palestine/Israel

Palestine-Global Mental Health Network 

Social Work, Abolition, and Palestine (2022) webinar with Social Work for Palestine

Social Workers Can No Longer Remain Silent on Oppression of Palestinians (2021) with truthout

Haymarket Free ebooks for a Free Palestine!


Our latest on Instagram




The Network to Advance Abolitionist Social Work (NAASW) strives to amplify a practice of social work aimed at dismantling the prison industrial complex (PIC) and building the life-affirming horizon to which abolition aspires. Our efforts include:

  • Ongoing political education

  • Research / knowledge generation around carceral and abolition social work

  • Developing an online hub of abolitionist social work resources 

  • Broader organizing and advocacy efforts to insert abolitionist ideas and practices into social work.

 We recognize “social work” to include all workers who identify with the field — from social service workers to organizers, clinicians to policy makers, and those with and without social work degrees or licenses.

Abolitionist social work partners in the work of ending state and institutional violence, while supporting life- affirming relationships, practices and organizing.  We are committed to working towards a social work rooted in solidarity over charity, one that is decolonized, de-professionalized, anti-capitalist, and is committed to accountability, reparations, and continual transformation. This requires that social work become unrecognizable from its current form.



Data Report

In the spring of 2021, we launched a survey of social work to understand more about how social work(ers) perpetuate and / or are complicit in criminalization, and how social work(ers) are engaging in abolitionist work. We are grateful to the over 400 survey participants. Please read and share our full report published in March 2022 entitled "Challenging Carceral Social Work and the Struggle for Abolition." 

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NAASW is a collective of social workers and students striving for shared leadership and collective decision making.

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