MSW@USC Blog


Freedom's Journey: Understanding Human Trafficking

Combatting the spread of human trafficking requires first recognizing the scope of the problem. To help facilitate the conversation around ending human trafficking, the USC Suzanne Dworak-Peck School of Social Work created the following guide that offers an in-depth look at the areas where trafficking is most prevalent, the forms of exploitation that exist, and the root causes of this epidemic.

Ending Human Trafficking through Education and Awareness

As we recognize Human Trafficking Awareness Day, the USC Suzanne Dworak-Peck School of Social Work acknowledges the need for greater public education around the practice of human trafficking in order to help aid the more than 20 million victims who live as modern-day slaves. 

Suicide in Rural America by the Numbers

Between 2001 and 2015, more than 540,000 Americans died from suicide. Although the majority of deaths from suicide occur in urban areas, rates of suicide for rural populations, who face significant barriers to accessing mental health services, have remained higher over the past decade.

Using Artificial Intelligence to Forecast Suicide

What if by using a combination of social science and artificial intelligence, we could learn to identify whether someone is becoming a suicide risk by predicting when they are thinking about it?

Can Physical Barriers Prevent Suicides from U.S. Bridges?

Bridges have always attracted people who want to jump to their deaths. Can social workers and new technologies intervene and help save lives?

Service Members Speak Out on Difficulties of Transitioning to Civilian Life

According to the Department of Defense, about 1,300 military service members, spouses and children transition into civilian communities each day, but the majority of veterans have trouble adjusting to civilian life, which can lead to joblessness, homelessness and untreated mental health conditions.