The Complicity of Social Workers in the Forced Removal and Incarceration of Japanese Americans, 1941-1946
Reviews and Awards
"In Facilitating Injustice, Professor Park reveals the hidden role of U.S. social workers in the removal, incarceration, and resettlement of Japanese Americans during World War II. Using meticulous primary research, the author compels us to consider the consequences when the values of a social service profession are compromised in carrying out its government's political and policy agendas. As she demonstrates, Park's analysis holds profound lessons for the human services today." -- Lane Ryo Hirabayashi, PhD, Co-editor, NCRR: The Grassroots Struggle for Japanese American Redress and Reparations.
"Yoosun Park has produced an extraordinary work of scholarship that casts a powerful spotlight on an episode of U.S. social work history that the profession has largely omitted from its master narrative. In this era of heightened xenophobia and racism, examining the moral implications of our past actions has become more critical than ever. This book reveals the consequences of the ethical struggles in which social workers engaged and the rationalizations they constructed for their choices in a period that bears a striking resemblance to our own time." -- Michael Reisch, PhD, Daniel Thursz Distinguished Professor of Social Justice, School of Social Work, University of Maryland
"An essential book for our times, Facilitating Injustice provides a compelling and meticulously researched lens through which to examine the social and racial dimensions of mass incarceration. In her lucid reconstruction of the profession's complicity in the forced removal and incarceration of Japanese Americans, Yoosun Park sheds a timely and critical light on our culture's ability to enact policies that contradict the values we profess." -- Ruth Ozeki, Novelist and Author, A Tale for the Time Being
"Yoosun Park's Facilitating Injustice is a well-researched and important book about the role of social work in a dark episode in American history. The book raises a fundamental question about social work's role: whether the social worker is primarily an agent for the state or an advocate for the interests of clients. Some argue that this is a false dichotomy-that social workers can ameliorate unjust policies and make them more humane and less damaging for clients-while others argue that participation in an unjust policy contradicts the ethical imperatives of service and advocacy for the oppressed and powerless. These are significant questions that have taken on heightened importance in the current political climate. The book should have a broad readership." -- Paul H. Stuart, PhD, Professor Emeritus, School of Social Work, University of Alabama