Book Chapters

Single and Co-Authored Chapters

Meshelemiah, J.C.A. & Lynch, R.E. (2020). Genocide. Oxford Research Encyclopedia of Social Work. National Association of Social Workers Press/Oxford University Press.

  • Abstract:  Genocides have persisted around the world for centuries, yet the debate persists about what intentions and subsequent actions constitute an actual genocide. As a result, some crimes against humanity, targeted rape campaigns and widespread displacement of marginalized groups of people around the globe have not been formally recognized as a genocide by world powers while others have. In this chapter, an overview of genocides as a term, the politics of recognizing genocides, and genocides (officially and unofficially) recognized around the world are discussed. Social work as a profession is also discussed in the context of responding to genocides. Specifically, social work is discussed as it relates to social workers engaging in both harmful and helpful practices that negatively impacted marginalized groups of people around the world.

Meshelemiah, J.C.A. (2019). Training social workers in anti-trafficking service. In R.L. Dalla & D. Sabala’s International Handbook on Human Trafficking: A multidisciplinary and applied approach. Abingdon, UK: Routledge/Taylor & Francis.

  • Abstract: As human trafficking is becoming recognized as an issue that needs social workers’ attention, more social workers are expressing an interest in serving trafficking persons.  This chapter examines human trafficking from a broad lens that incorporates an anti-trafficking training model for social work students and social work professionals. The author discusses human trafficking as a form of modern day slavery and charges the social work professional with fostering a human rights approach to anti-trafficking service.

Meshelemiah, J.C.A. (2016). Human rights perspectives in social work education and practice.  Encyclopedia of Social Work. National Association of Social Workers Press/Oxford University Press.

  • Abstract: The social work profession has evolved extensively since its inception in 1898. The profession began with a focus on helping others and recognizing social injustices as its core charges. The profession is now being called to view human rights as its professional responsibility, too. As driving forces behind this new charge, the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE) and the National Association of Social Workers (NASW) are taking concrete steps to ensure that the human rights perspective is being integrated into social work education and practice.

Meshelemiah, J.C.A. (2014.) Sweat shop laborers. In Linwood H. Cousins’ Encyclopedia of Human Services and Diversity. Sage:  Thousand Oaks, California.

  • Author’s Note: Human trafficking is a form of modern day slavery that is often viewed as sex trafficking or labor trafficking.  This encyclopedic entry examines sweat shop laborers as labor trafficked persons.


Meshelemiah, J.C.A. (2014). Human Sex TraffickingIn C.J. Forsyth and H. Copes (Eds.) Encyclopedia of Social Deviance, Sage Publishing, Thousand Oaks, California.       

  • Intro: Human trafficking is a form of modern day slavery. Worldwide, human trafficking is said to be a $32 billion industry and the fast-growing crime enterprise at the moment.  Victims of human trafficking are domestic and non-domestic in nature; most are girls and women. Human trafficking varies in its presentation and includes several sinister forms. Sex trafficking is one of the many forms of human trafficking recognized by governments around the world. 


Meshelemiah, J.C.A.  (2011, February 4). To fight human trafficking, education of 

         law enforcement and human welfare workers is crucial, Video Journalist  Movement;

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Meshelemiah, J.C.A. (2011, April 8). Tourism and Prostitution in West Africa: a Glimpse of the “Roamers” in Ghana.Global Perspectives on Prostitution and Sex Trafficking: Africa, Asia, Middle East, and OceaniaLexington Books.

  • Editors’ Note: This two-volume set comprising 34 chapters written by scholars from a wide variety of countries shows the diversity of perspectives on the commercial sex industry. The editors have achieved something that is rare in scholarship – an interdisciplinary and intersectoral lens on prostitution and trafficking that challenges the myth that they are synonymous, yet at the same time shows their frequent intersection with economic marginalization, social exclusion and repressive legal frameworks that restrict human rights for some of the most vulnerable populations. The authors also engage insightfully with both theoretical and practical issues emerging from this key arena of gender politics and policy (Cecilia Benoit, University of Victoria, Canada).

This two volume edition provides some intriguing insights into the sex industry in developed and developing countries. It is an interesting and informative collection of opinion pieces from around the world, some evidence-based and others informed by the philosophical position of the author. The contributions, therefore, provide a diversity of perspectives from those advocating the total abolition of sex work, to those arguing for decriminalization to minimize harm to sex workers and acknowledge the human rights of this population (Dr. Gillian Abel, University of Otago, Christchurch, New Zealand).