Framing Problems and Finding Solutions: A Look at the Effects of the Recession on Social Welfare

Thursday, January 28, 2010
09:30 AM - 04:15 PM


The effects of the global recession have been felt across all segments of American society and, although the economy has started to show signs of recovery, many Americans will continue to struggle in its wake. Non-traditional families are finding themselves unqualified to receive employer benefits intended to serve the needs of conventional families. Funding cuts throughout the criminal justice system have curtailed programs designed to reduce youth crime and rehabilitate offenders. Finally, what has been described as a "jobless recovery" has further strained an already overextended welfare system, while unemployment levels remain elevated. The economic crisis has exposed fundamental flaws in our social welfare programs at a time when those programs are most needed. This Symposium will offer insights on how to seize this moment as an opportunity to explore new solutions in addressing the issues of family responsibility, discrimination, and the weaknesses of our criminal justice and welfare systems.

Presented by the Journal of Gender, Social Policy & the Law


Students, Alumni, Faculty, Staff & General Public – no charge
(registration is required)

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Office of Special Events & Continuing Legal Education
American University Washington College of Law
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