Human Services Current Event
October 10, 2013
Human Service workers aim to empower, collaborate, and advocate the people in a community by addressing barriers. But do we work to empower and advocate sex offenders as well? This article is mainly about former sex offenders wanting to advocate their own rights in communities, giving them more freedoms and job opportunities. More than 700,000 sex offenders are affected by these laws and even more people of the communities are affected by these sex offenders across the country. This article is strongly related to human services because the outcome of these sex offenders not only affects the people of the communities in which the offenders live, but also the stabilities and freedoms of the sex offenders themselves. I chose this article because it seems extremely controversial and even if I agree with the laws that are already in order, that does not mean that some human service workers are trying to advocate these former sex offenders.
The sex offenders have troubles finding jobs and being treated fairly because their crimes are posted for the families that have children. Even though the offenders have done their time, they are forced to live with their crimes forever by the “tough penalties” created by local and state governments (Lovett). This is important for human services because we aim to advocate everyone and it is apparent in this article that sex offenders are having trouble making ends meet due to difficulties finding jobs. Sex offenders also have trouble finding location in communities because they cannot live too close to playgrounds or schools. Human service workers could help to find the correct resources to help with location.
The people of communities are also affected by sex offenders moving into their neighborhood; this causes them to be more cautious and worrisome about their children’s safety. People of communities need to be aware that they are in close...