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Isw08 Rotabi
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  • 1. Project Development from a Distance: A Case Example Karen S. Rotabi, PhD, LMSW, MPH Assistant Professor Virginia Commonwealth University
  • 2. Where it Began: Research &amp; Relationship Building <ul><li>-Guatemala Intercountry Adoption Policy Analysis- </li></ul>
  • 3. Race &amp; Discrimination (Mayans) Lack of Education &amp; Opportunity History of War, Genocide &amp; Displacement Health Disparities: Reproduction/ Contraception &amp; Malnutrition Extreme Poverty &amp; Desperation Most Basic Human Resource: Sex Organs &amp; Reproduction Guatemala Child Adoption Policy U.S. Demand for babies &amp; Policies International Policies: CRC &amp; Hague Convention Cultural Context: gender roles, religion, ‘ machismo’ (high rape rates), &amp; shame of illegitimacy, Political Corruption &amp; Oppression Colonialism Economy Export Agriculture Over Population lack of history of domestic adoptions
  • 4. Current Products <ul><li>Multiple Publications </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Including 2 invited pubs in non-SW/high profile locations </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Developed a website </li></ul><ul><ul><li>www.HagueEvaluation.com </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Interviews with the press </li></ul><ul><li>Service activity emerged: Volunteer for the US Dept of State for int’l adoption agency accreditation </li></ul>
  • 5. Becoming Relevant to Internationalists <ul><li>Anchor Ideas with </li></ul><ul><li>Human Rights </li></ul><ul><li>i.e. Convention on Rights of the Child </li></ul><ul><li>Other Int’l Agreements </li></ul><ul><li>i.e. Hague Convention on Intercountry Adoption </li></ul><ul><li>Historical Analysis </li></ul><ul><li> i.e. Catalyst events </li></ul><ul><li>(war, genocide, etc.) </li></ul>
  • 6. What’s At Stake
  • 7. Lessons Learned <ul><li>Because I was not “in country,” the process was filled with frustration </li></ul><ul><li>Networking by email and telephone is really like a roulette </li></ul><ul><li>Development of policy papers have a value-added to people on the ground </li></ul><ul><li>My ability to develop proposals is an asset to others </li></ul><ul><li>I’ve been willing to chase down some rabbit holes—being a risk taker is also an asset </li></ul>
  • 8. More Lessons Learned <ul><li>7. Networking at international conferences has paid off </li></ul><ul><li>8. Self promotion is a little uncomfortable, but it is necessary </li></ul><ul><li>9. Language skills are essential—I must continue to improve my Spanish </li></ul><ul><li>10. Choose a region—become an expert in an area (i.e. my focus on Central America &amp; post-conflict) </li></ul><ul><li>11. As junior faculty, this is risky business in terms of tenure (even if they say int’l SW is a priority) </li></ul>
  • 9. Final Thoughts… <ul><li>1. While global social work is very satisfying and has great opportunities, it can be a lonely existence within the faculty environment because your work is often done out of sight and you can be accused of always coming and going. </li></ul><ul><li>2. Also, it is inevitable that others do not understand—see you as pursuing a travel opportunity rather than a research agenda </li></ul><ul><li>3. I’m still trying to figure out how to mix a service project with a research project (again the tenure issue) </li></ul>

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