SSSP Anti-Harassment Policy

As a social justice organization, the SSSP is committed to creating a safe and welcoming space at the annual meeting for the free exchange of ideas and professional development; an environment free from harassment based on, but not limited to, race, ethnicity, gender identity or gender expression, national origin, age, disability, health conditions, sexual orientation, religion, language, socioeconomic status, marital status, domestic status, or parental status.  This includes the harassment of colleagues, students, guests, SSSP and hotel staff, vendors, exhibitors, and others present at the annual meeting.  To that end, we ask you to help us make it very clear that anyone engaging in this kind of behavior is not welcomed at the annual meeting.  (The Society also has a Sexual Harassment Workplace Policy, listing numerous examples of sexual harassment, in the Operations Manual, for members to consult if they wish.)

The following is an anti-discrimination and harassment statement from our Operations Manual.

The Society for the Study of Social Problems is committed to the eradication of discrimination (both intentional and unintentional), harassment, and violence directed at individuals and groups based on, but not limited to, race and ethnicity, sex, gender, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, age, class, nationality and immigrant status, ability, and religion. Offensive conduct may include, but is not limited to, offensive jokes, slurs, epithets, name calling, physical assaults and threats, unwanted touching and persistent unwanted attention and invasion of personal space, intimidation, ridicule or mockery, and insults and put-downs. Whenever and wherever possible, the Society will affirm this commitment to anti-racist, anti-sexist, anti-homophobic, anti-xenophobic, and anti-Islamophobic agenda, publicly and explicitly. As an organization dedicated to social justice, the Society will take very seriously, reports, formal or informal, of harassment or discrimination in the organization and at annual and other Society meetings. To the greatest degree possible, the Society will do what it can to respond appropriately to those who violate our policies and to protect victims and potential victims, from being subjected to this type of unwanted and offensive behavior. We will make every effort to ensure that this commitment is manifest in the policies, programs, and practices of the organization, including in the public positions the SSSP takes on issues, both national and international.

If you witness an incident and can help without placing yourself or anyone else in danger, we encourage you to do so.  If you or someone is in imminent physical danger, we urge you to alert hotel security and/or law enforcement.  Otherwise, attendees are encouraged to report possible instances of harassment to the Executive Officer, Héctor L. Delgado, in person or at   Below is a list of local agencies and professionals that may be of assistance to you.  Please note, however, that we have not vetted and, therefore, cannot recommend them. We are simply providing a list of options in the area for you to contact if the need arises, and for you to vet.


24-Hour Domestic Violence Hotline
Call the NYC Domestic Violence Hotline directly at 1-800-621-HOPE (4673), or call 311 and ask for the City’s 24-Hour Domestic Violence Hotline.

Love Is Respect:
For more information on relationship abuse, visit Love Is Respect, call 1-866-331-9474, or text LOVEIS to 22522.

Hotline is the initial point of contact for many victims of domestic violence: 1-718-922-7980

Violence Intervention Program
Violence Intervention Program, Inc. is a community-based, non-profit organization dedicated to eradicating domestic and intimate partner violence.  For more information call 1-800-664-5880.

NYC Gay and Lesbian Anti-Violence Project
AVP empowers lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, and HIV-affected communities and allies to end all forms of violence through organizing and education, and supports survivors through counseling and advocacy.  For more information call 1-212-714-1141.

Urban Resource Institute
Urban Resource Institute (URI) provides life-saving, empowering social services for New Yorkers who are suffering and recovering from domestic violence.  For 38 years, URI has been innovating and developing new programs to improve the lives of vulnerable New Yorkers, with a particular focus on survivors of domestic violence.  We help individuals and families escape abuse; safely heal; and gain the resources needed to live healthy, independent lives.  We also are the only organization in New York City and one of the few nationally that extends these services to pets.  Call the 24-hour National Domestic Violence Hotline at 1-800-799-7233.

Barrier-Free Living (Disabled Clients)

Secret Garden (counseling, support):

Freedom House (domestic violence shelter)

Domestic Violence Hotline:
1-800-799-7233 | 1-800-787-3224 (TTY)

New York City Family Justice Center
You can also walk into any New York City Family Justice Center to receive FREE and CONFIDENTIAL assistance for victims/survivors of intimate partner violence, sex trafficking and elder abuse.  All Centers are open Monday through Friday, from 9:00am to 5:00pm.  No appointment is needed. 


  • NYC Family Justice Center, Bronx: 1-718-508-1220
    198 East 161st Street, 2nd Floor
    Subway: 4, B, and D to Yankee Stadium
    Bus: BX1, BX2, BX6, and BX13

  • NYC Family Justice Center, Brooklyn: 1-718-250-5111
    350 Jay Street
    Subway: A, C, F, and R to Jay Street or 2, 3, 4, and 5 to Borough Hall
    Bus: B25, B26, B38, B54, B57, B61, B62, B65, B67, B75, and B103
  • NYC Family Justice Center, Manhattan: 1-212-602-2800
    80 Centre Street
    Subway: 4, 5, and 6 to Brooklyn Bridge-City Hall
    J and Z to Chambers Street
    N, Q, and R to Canal Street
    1, 2, 3, A, and C to Chambers Street
    Bus: M5, M9, M22, and M103
  • NYC Family Justice Center, Queens: 1-718-575-4545
    126-02 82nd Avenue
    Subway: E and F to Kew Gardens-Union Turnpike
    Bus: Q10, Q37, Q46, and Q60

  • NYC Family Justice Center, Staten Island: 1-718-697-4300
    126 Stuyvesant Place
    Staten Island Railroad to St. George Ferry Terminal
    Bus: S40, S42, S44, S46, S48, S51, S52, S61, S62, S66, S74, S76, S78, S81, S86, S90, S91, S92, S94, S96, and S98


NYC Well
Provides support, crisis intervention, and suicide prevention hotline services.  Provides information and referral services for mental health and substance use disorder services and other human services.  Provides linkage to mobile crisis teams and Emergency Medical Services.  A program of Mental Health Association of New York City.  For mental health services, visit NYC Well, call 1-888-NYC-WELL (692-9355), or text WELL to 65173.

A free, confidential, multi-lingual, mental health and substance abuse information, referral, and crisis prevention hotline available to anyone at any time.  Your call will be answered by a trained behavioral health professional: 1-800-LIFENET.

The Samaritans (NYC based) 24/7 Hotline
A completely confidential 24-hour crisis response hotline, staffed by professionally trained volunteers who have responded to over 1 million calls.  Provides immediately accessible ongoing emotional support to those who are in distress or suicidal: 1-212-673-3000.

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline
Provides suicide prevention and crisis intervention services.  Facilitates Lifeline Crisis Chat through collaboration between the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline and Contact USA.  Routes the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline number callers to the nearest crisis center in the caller’s area.  Calls are answered by staff at over 160 certified crisis centers across the United States.  For services call 1-212-614-6357, or visit 50 Broadway, 19th Floor.