Advocacy

The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline Transitions to 988

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As America faces a mental health crisis, the need for suicide prevention services is more imperative than ever. According to the National Alliance on Mental Illness, suicide is ranked as the second primary cause of death in young people among the ages of 10 to 34 and the tenth most frequent cause of death in the United States. Since 1999, ... Read More »

NASW Continues to Advocate for Student Loan Debt Relief

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The National Association of Social Workers (NASW) continues to advocate for student loan debt-relief for social workers and to improve existing debt-relief programs such as the Public Service Loan Forgiveness (PSLF) program. Unfortunately, programs such as PSLF have been wrought with endemic challenges, making it difficult for social workers especially to access debt relief—even after satisfying all of this program’s ... Read More »

NASW joins amicus brief that helps bring favorable ruling for female employee in case involving harassment, discrimination in federal court

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The National Association of Social Workers (NASW) and 41 other public interest and civil rights organizations on Aug. 26, 2021 committed to gender justice and participated in an amicus brief led by the Purple Campaign, National Women’s Law Center, and Legal Momentum in support of Jane Roe v. United States et. al. (now Caryn Devins Strickland v. United States et. ... Read More »

NASW, American Psychological Association filed amicus brief challenging death penalty case of Melissa Lucio

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The National Association of Social Workers (NASW) and American Psychological Association (APA) on April 18 filed an amicus brief in support of a challenge to the death penalty case of Melissa Lucio, who is scheduled to be executed in Texas on April 27  as a result of a false confession. Our amicus brief provided research on the various interrogation techniques ... Read More »

NASW joins court amicus brief to support singer, songwriter Kesha in Dr. Luke’s defamation lawsuit

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The National Association of Social Workers (NASW) and 30 other organizations joined an amicus brief led by the National Women’s Law Center (NWLC) in the case Gottwald v. Sebert.  The case was filed in the New York Court of Appeals in support of singer and songwriter Kesha who was sued for defamation by her  former producer, Dr. Luke, who sexually abused ... Read More »

NASW is an Official Partner of the Poor People’s Campaign

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The National Association of Social Workers (NASW) has joined as an official partner of the Poor People’s Campaign (PPC). The guiding principles of the PPC include a commitment to the preservation of democracy, to lifting up and deepening the leadership of those most affected by systemic racism and institutionalized oppression, and to elevating up the essential needs of individuals and ... Read More »

NASW joins amicus brief to support sexual harassment survivor from University of Arizona

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The National Association of Social Workers (NASW) and 30 other organizations on April 4 joined an amicus brief led by the National Women’s Law Center (NWLC) in support of the petition to the U. S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit to rehear en banc the sex-based harassment case of Brown v. Arizona. En banc means all judges of the court would hear the ... Read More »

NASW joins amicus brief in case that challenges discriminatory school discipline laws in South Carolina

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The National Association of Social Workers (NASW) and several other organizations joined an amicus brief led by the National Women’s Law Center  (NWLC) and its co-leads, the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), National Disability Rights Network (NDRN), and the National Center for Youth Law (NCYL) in support of a case brought by the American Civil Liberties Union ... Read More »

Immigration Social Work: Big Ideas From Texas

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By Peter Craig If there was ever a perfect place to study immigration social work—especially in light of the ongoing influx of migrants into the U.S.—it would have to be Texas. So how are different social work schools there addressing this increasingly important subject area? Special coursework on immigration would seem a natural, but the subject is already baked into ... Read More »