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 to make it very clear that anyone engaging in this kind of behavior is not welcomed at the annual meeting.

The Society for the Study of Social Problems is committed to the eradication of discrimination (both intentional and unintentional), harassment, intimidation, 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 and prohibited 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. SSSP expressly prohibits retaliation against individuals who report harassment and will take action against those who retaliate.

By joining SSSP and registering for meetings, members of SSSP agree to comply with this policy.

View the SSSP’s Anti-Harassment Policy in its entirety here.

Click here if you would like to make an ANONYMOUS report regarding behavior that violates the anti-harassment policy. See the policy to make a formal report and additional reporting options.


National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-8255 Crisis Line
988 is confidential, free, and available 24/7/365, connecting those experiencing a mental health, substance use, or suicidal crisis with trained crisis counselors.

StrongHearts Native Helpline:1-844-762-8483
The StrongHearts Native Helpline is a safe, anonymous, and confidential service for Native Americans experiencing domestic violence and dating violence.

Pathways to Safety International: 1-833-723-3833
Pathways to Safety International assists Americans experiencing interpersonal and gender-based violence abroad.

Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender National Hotline: 1-888-843-4564
The LGBT National Help Center serves gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, and questioning people by providing free and confidential peer support and local resources.

National Human Trafficking Hotline: 1-888-373-7888
The National Human Trafficking Hotline is a national anti-trafficking hotline serving victims and survivors of human trafficking and the anti-trafficking community in the United States. The toll-free hotline is available to answer calls from anywhere in the country, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, every day of the year in more than 200 languages.

National Alliance on Mental Illness Helpline: 1-800-950-6264
The NAMI Helpline assists individuals and families who have questions about mental health disorders, treatment, and support services. 

Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration Helpline: 1-800-662-4357
SAMHSA’s National Helpline provides free and confidential treatment referral and information service for individuals and families facing mental and/or substance abuse disorders.

The Trevor Project:
The Trevor Project is the leading national organization providing crisis intervention and suicide prevention services to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer & questioning youth. For additional information call: 212-695-8650.

National Queer and Trans Therapists of Color Network:
National Queer and Trans Therapists of Color Network (NQTTCN) is a healing justice organization committed to transforming mental health for queer and trans people of color (QTPoC). 


Intimate Partner Violence Resources

Philadelphia’s Domestic Violence 24-Hour Support Service: 1-866-723-3014

WOAR Philadelphia Center Against Sexual Violence:
WOAR’s mission is to eliminate all forms of sexual violence through specialized treatment services, comprehensive prevention education programs, and advocacy for the rights of victims of sexual assault. To accomplish this mission, we fight all forms of oppression including racism and gender-based violence. For additional information call: 215-985-3333.

Women In Transition:
Women In Transition empowers people with the knowledge, support, and ability to thrive beyond domestic abuse/intimate partner violence and substance abuse. For additional information call: 215-751-1111.

Women Against Abuse:
Women Against Abuse provides free attorney representation to individuals seeking protection from abuse or child custody and support. For additional information call: 215-686-7082.

Courdea is a Philadelphia-based intervention, treatment, training and education program working to stop harmful behavior and intimate partner violence. For additional information call: 215-242-2235.

Pennsylvania Coalition Against Domestic Violence:
Among the services provided to domestic violence victims are crisis intervention; counseling; accompaniment to police, medical, and court facilities; and temporary emergency shelter for victims and their dependent children. Prevention and educational programs are provided to lessen the risk of domestic violence in the community at large. For additional information call: 1-800-932-4632.

Legal Services

Center for Disability Law and Policy:
Assistance for people with disabilities by the Center for Disability Law & Policy
For additional information call: 888-745-2357 (Voice/Relay).

Community Legal Services of PA:
Provides legal assistance to low-income residents of Philadelphia who cannot afford legal counsel.
For additional information call: 215-981-3700.

Philadelphia Legal Assistance:
Provides legal assistance to low-income residents of Philadelphia who cannot afford legal counsel.
For additional information call: 215-981-3800.

PA Law Help:
An online guide to legal information, court information and legal services in Pennsylvania.

LGBTQIA Resources

Trans Lifeline:
Support for transgender people by transgender people. For additional information call: 1-877-565-8860.

The Mazzoni Center:
The mission of the Mazzoni Center is to provide quality comprehensive health and wellness services in an LGBTQ-focused environment, while preserving the dignity and improving the quality of life of the individuals we serve. For additional information call: 215-563-0658.

Morris Home:
Morris Home, the only residential recovery program in the country to offer comprehensive services specifically for the transgender community, provides a safe, recovery-oriented environment in which people are treated with respect and dignity. For additional information call: 215-951-0300.

Women Against Abuse LGBTQ+ Resources:
Women Against Abuse acknowledges the distinct challenges facing Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer (LGBTQ+) individuals experiencing intimate partner violence. To address these challenges, programs are accessible to the LGBTQ+ community and we provide services in a manner that respects our LGBTQ+ clients’ background and experience.

Mental Health Resources

For mental health and addiction services, contact the Community Behavioral Health hotline at 888-545-2600.

For mental health crises, call the crisis hotline 24/7 at 215-685-6440.

For individuals in need of immediate opioid treatment support, contact the NET Access Point at 844-533-8200 or 215-408-4987 or visit

For free, 24/7 online behavioral health screening and resources, visit

For intellectual disability services, call 215-685-5900.

211PA - Dial 2-1-1
211PA is the hub for all types of health, human and social services in Philadelphia providing callers with information and referrals to the services that best meet their needs.

Philadelphia Settlement Services

Lutheran Settlement House  
Established in 1902, Lutheran Settlement House (LSH) is a non-profit, community-based organization committed to serving children, adults, and families living in Philadelphia. Over the past century, the programs and services offered by LSH have changed in response to the evolving needs of the community. However, the core mission of Lutheran Settlement House — “to empower individuals, families, and communities to achieve and maintain self-sufficiency through an integrated program of social, educational, and advocacy services” — has remained constant. For additional information call: 215-426-8610.

Congreso de Latinos Unidos, Inc.:
Congreso de Latinos Unidos, Inc. is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization founded in 1977 with a mission to enable individuals and families in predominantly Latino neighborhoods to achieve economic self-sufficiency and wellbeing. For additional information call: 215-763-8870.

Nationalites Service Center:
Nationalites Service Center serves 5,000 immigrants and refugees in the Greater Philadelphia area each year. They offer comprehensive services in language access, legal protections, community integration, employment and health and wellness. For additional information call: 215-893-8400.

Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society:
Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society Pennsylvania supports low-income immigrants of all backgrounds as they build new lives in our community. Through immigration legal services and an array of social services, we work to address their needs, defend their rights, and advocate for their equitable inclusion in American society. For additional information call: 215-832-0900. 

African Family Health Organization:
The African Family Health Organization (AFAHO) is an ethnic, community-based organization that provides health, human and educational services to African and Caribbean immigrants and refugees in the greater Philadelphia area. They work to strengthen community health culture and facilitate social integration through the utilization of a unique peer support model that uses shared language, cultural expertise, advocacy, and system navigation knowledge to help individuals and families overcome social determinants, build community connections, and gain information and resources needed to thrive, improve health and educational outcomes, promote integration and support self-sufficiency. Through numerous programs and initiatives, AFAHO seeks to serve as a cultural and linguistic bridge between our clients and the larger provider community, both assessing and addressing the needs of our clients within a societal landscape of cultural, geographic, linguistic, economic and other barriers that make it difficult for many to flourish. For additional information call: 215-467-0690.