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Martha Vallejo, Chair of the Task Force

Miami Dade County: School Mental Health. School Safety. Human Trafficking.

The Miami-Dade Unit coordinated a successful panel to discuss school safety and mental health in Miami-Dade County.

The caliber of panelists present at the event was representative of key stakeholders in our schools. Elected officials, Law enforcement, Child welfare professionals, Faith leaders and Social services providers. 


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A reminder…

Social work is a profession with a long history of grassroots organizing, student activism, legislative advocacy and leadership in our American political system. Currently, we have social workers in our Miami-Dade Unit actively organizing to address the opioid epidemic; school mental health and Juvenile Justice issues, to name a few. And students at Barry, FIU and FSU continue joining our unit and chapter leadership to further advocate on issues relevant to their constituency.

Our advocacy began this year by meeting with the leadership of WeCount, an immigrant rights organization in Homestead. At the meeting we clearly communicated our intention, resources, and strategy. Our first action was to organize a panel of experts in addressing US immigration at Barry University. Students and faculty contributed to a successful event with higher than expected turn out.

Months later, we joined forces with Congresswoman Debbie Mucarsel-Powell (D-26) to hold the Trump administration accountable for their gross violation of child welfare laws in detaining migrant children at the privately-owned Homestead shelter, Caliburn International. The Congresswoman invited members of our newly formed NASW-FL Immigration Justice Task Force (ITF) to participate in a press conference on Saturday July 28.  Martha Vallejo, Chair of the Task Force, spoke at the press conference emphasizing the lasting effects of traumatic events in children.

​(L to R) FL State Sen. Jose Javier Rodriguez; Congresswoman Debbie Mucarsel-Powell; Martha Vallejo, Chair of the Task Force; and Congresswoman Veronica Escobar from Texas District 16.

This writing is intended to serve as a reminder to all 17 other units…

Identify leaders. Organize. And for all social workers… please participate in the 2020 elections!

Rodrigo Lozano, LCSW
Miami Dade Unit
Legislative/PACE Chair


Thank you for being apart of your local NASW unit! We have many future events in the planning stages for this upcoming year including CE’s, networking and social events . If you have any questions, comments or feedback, we would love to hear from you. We are excited to be your leadership team!!! ​


Patricia Hernandez, MSW, MPH, CHC - Chair

Rodrigo Lozano, LCSW - Vice Chair

Cassandra Tenzer, MSW - Secretary
Vacant - Membership Chair
Mark Ritchie, LCSW - Continuing Education (CE) Chair
Vacant  - Legislative Chair
Edith Caballero, LCSW  - CCNLI Chair
Janitsa Rocamonde, MSW - Sponsorship Chair  
Vacant - Events Chair
Miriam Bernardo - BSW Representative
Nacin Fernandez, BSW - MSW Student Representative

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