Advocacy

New York City Social Workers: Silenced on the Front Lines of Crisis

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By Dr. Claire Green-Forde, LCSW Executive Director, National Association of Social Workers-NYC Chapter New York currently holds a title no city or state in America wants – the epicenter of the Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) crisis. As social workers we are watching everyday, worried that our loved ones, colleagues, friends, or clients could fall ill with the ensuing complications of COVID-19 ... Read More »

What’s it Like Being on the Front Lines of a Pandemic?

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Social workers tell us how they’re helping others By Aliah D. Wright Across the nation and around the world, social workers are continuing to help clients—despite great risk the pandemic poses to themselves and their families. The National Association of Social Workers (NASW) posed the question: Are you on the front lines helping people? Please share your stories. Here’s how ... Read More »

Join the #TransKids #SoFierce Campaign on March 31

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Each year on March 31, the world marks International Transgender Day of Visibility as a time to raise awareness around the discrimination that people who are transgender experience and celebrate people who are transgender from around the world who courageously live their lives openly and authentically. So far in 2020, more than 200 bills in 18 states been proposed to ... Read More »

NASW joins legal case to stop faith groups from using “ministerial exception” to deny civil protections to staff

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The National Association of Social Workers (NASW)  participated in an amicus brief led by the National Women’s Law Center, along with the Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, Kevin Russell of Goldstein & Russell, P.C., and 67 other organizations, that was filed in the  U.S. Supreme Court on March 11, 2020 in consolidated cases, Our Lady of Guadalupe School ... Read More »

Congressional briefing examines ways to improve health and mental health care in jails

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The National Association of Counties and the National Sheriffs’ Association held a Capitol Hill briefing on March 3 called “The Intersection of Health and Justice: A Look Inside County Jails.” The National Association of Social Workers cosponsored the briefing along with the Grand Challenges for Social Work, the National Association of County Behavioral Health & Developmental Disability Directors, and the ... Read More »

Leveraging Social Work Research to Improve America’s Well-Being

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By Sarah Butts and Ron Manderscheid National Association of Social Workers (NASW) leaders on Jan. 18 participated in a panel at the Society for Social Work and Research (SSWR) conference to discuss how to improve the collective impact across the profession and how to bring social work research to the national policy agenda. The panelists included: Sarah Gehlert, PhD, dean ... Read More »

NASW President volunteers at U.S.-Mexico border to help detained migrant mothers and children

NASW President Kathryn Conley Wehrmann (right) and NASW New Jersey team mates Paul Cataldo and Sandy Ortega before boarding their flight to return home.

By Kathryn Conley Wehrmann, PhD, MSW, LCSW President, National Association of Social Workers The Dilley Pro Bono Project (DPBP) is a local partner in the Immigration Justice Campaign. Its mission is to serve the immigrant mothers and children detained at the South Texas Family Residential Center in Dilley, TX. DPBP operates a non-traditional pro bono model of legal services that ... Read More »

Circuit Court rules in favor of transgender students who NASW supported

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The 9th Circuit court on February 12 issued its decision in the case, Parents for Privacy v. Dallas School Dist. No. 2.  The court ruled in favor of transgender students’ rights to be safe in schools. The Court correctly ruled that the Oregon school’s policy that allows transgender students, and all students, to use bathrooms consistent with their self-identified gender ... Read More »

Behavioral Health Policy Recommendations for America’s Prisons and Jails

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By Mel Wilson, NASW Senior Policy Consultant Increasingly, U.S. criminal justice systems have become the first responders to individuals living with mental illness and substance use disorders (SUD). More than ever, jails and prisons are expected to provide appropriate services and treatment for the growing populations they serve. For that reason, the Consensus Workgroup on Behavioral Health Issues in the ... Read More »

Join Coalition on Human Needs Nov. 6 Action to Support Tax Credits for People who are Lower Income

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Please read this message from National Association of Social Workers partner, the Coalition on Human Needs, and take action! Right now, Congress is looking to add bipartisan tax legislation to the end-of-year budget package. It is imperative that if there is any tax legislation helping businesses and the rich that we also do what we can to help low-wage workers. ... Read More »