Beatriz Lassalle


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(1882–1965) Beatriz Lassalle is recognized as the most important pioneer of social work practice in Puerto Rico. Beginning her career at the age of 17, she dedicated herself to the needs of children and families, especially those affected by blindness and other disabilities. She studied at the New York School of Social Work from 1920 to 1921 and shortly afterward was named executive secretary of the Juvenile Red Cross of Puerto Rico, for which she established the first Department of Social Work. In 1922 she coordinated the first Child Congress ever held in Puerto Rico. During the Great Depression she headed programs in the Puerto Rico Emergency Reconstruction Administration, making social services an integral component of the Department of Health. She was a leader in the development of the first laws regulating social work practice in Puerto Rico.


From Encyclopedia of Social Work in Oxford Reference.

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