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On World AIDS Day, NASW again says it is committed to preventing new infections, raising awareness

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The theme for World Aids Day 2017 on December 1 will be “Increasing Impact through Transparency, Accountability, and Partnerships.”   In elaborating on the theme Ambassador Deborah L. Birx, the U.S. Global AIDS Coordinator and U.S. Special Representative for Global Health Diplomacy at the U.S. Department of State, said, “We now have the unprecedented opportunity to change the course of the pandemic. This brings with it ... Read More »

NASW welcomes introduction of International Violence Against Women Act

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STATEMENT: The National Association of Social Workers (NASW) has joined other members of the Coalition to End Violence Against Women and Girls Globally to welcome the introduction of the International Violence Against Women Act (IVAWA) in the Senate. The legislation was introduced by Sens. Jeanne Shaheen (D-N-H), Susan Collins (R-ME), Robert Menendez (D-NJ) and Johnny Isakson (R-GA). IVAWA makes ending violence ... Read More »

In aftermath of church mass shooting, NASW calls for sensible gun control laws, public health emergency declaration

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WASHINGTON, D.C. — The nation once again is grieving over the deaths of innocent people in a mass shooting. Last Sunday 26 churchgoers from the small Texas town of Sutherland Springs were massacred and several others still cling to life. The youngest victim at the First Baptist Church of Sutherland Springs was just 18 months old. The latest mass shooting is ... Read More »

NASW joins nation’s leading researchers on aging, work and family issues in calling on Congress to create paid family and medical leave

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During National Family Caregivers Month in November the National Association of Social Workers (NASW) is joining the nation’s leading researchers on aging, work and family issues to send a first-of-its-kind letter to Congress urging lawmakers to address the rapidly growing demand for care. These experts are calling on Congress to quickly pass a comprehensive, inclusive national policy like the Family ... Read More »

NASW STATEMENT: Legislation, policies needed to prevent and end culture of sexual harassment, violence

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The United States over the past few weeks has been engaged in a national discussion stemming from accusations about sexual harassment and sexual assault against women. Based on reports, these acts involved egregious disregard of the human rights and dignity of women. The national outcry spoke to the fact that sexual abuse—in all forms—is an affront to all Americans, not ... Read More »

NASW closely monitoring President Trump’s actions to undermine health security for Americans, may issue action alerts

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Last week, President Trump took steps to further undermine the health security of millions of Americans by ending a critical cost sharing program for low income individuals and removing vital consumer protections on the sale of health insurance. While few observers of the health care debate are surprised by the President’s actions, most are nonetheless outraged that he went forward ... Read More »

Statement: NASW Nevada Chapter will work to meet challenges in aftermath of Las Vegas mass shooting

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Our nation grieves after yet another horrific mass shooting. This one has occurred close to home at an outdoor concert on our Las Vegas strip. The actions of a lone individual resulted in the deadliest mass shooting in modern American history. The National Association of Social Workers Nevada Chapter offers its deepest sympathies to the victims’ families and friends, and ... Read More »

NASW ALERT: Act Now! Urge Senate to Vote No on Affordable Care Act Repeal

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Senate Majority Leader  Mitch McConnell has promised a vote next week to repeal the Affordable Care Act, if he can garner the votes needed to pass his caucus’ latest proposal. Legislation introduced just last Thursday by Senators William Cassidy (R-LA) and Lindsey Graham (R-SC) represents Republicans’ last chance at repeal under the fast-track reconciliation rules. The latest proposal would wipe ... Read More »

Ask your Senators to Restore Funding for the HIV/AIDS and Mental Health Training Program

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Mental health services are an important pre-requisite for HIV/AIDS prevention and treatment.  The mental health practitioner’s role has become more meaningful as the complexities surrounding treatment necessitate caring for the psychological aspects of HIV care, especially as it relates to aspects such as client medication adherence. Mental health practitioners need specific training in working with HIV-affected populations.  The Substance Abuse ... Read More »

NASW ALERT: Help Pass the Dream Act

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As many of us are aware, President Trump recently made the decision to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program unless Congress passes legislation that protects the nearly 800,000 Dreamers from being deported. The president’s decision to end DACA conflicts with American values of fairness, equality and opportunity for all. President Trump has now put the ball in ... Read More »