Statement: NASW opposes nomination of Sen. Jeff Sessions to be next U.S. Attorney General

The National Association of Social Workers (NASW) opposes Senate confirmation of Alabama Sen. Jeff Sessions to be the next U.S. Attorney General over deep concerns that during his tenure the United States could lose ground on important advances made during the past 50 years in civil and human rights.

NASW for more than 60 years has advocated for social justice and civil rights legislation and policies that move our nation toward being a more just and fair society.

Sessions’ record, over the course of his career as a state prosecutor and federal legislator, is troubling to civil and human rights advocates. He has a record of opposing legislation and national policies that protect the civil and human rights of people of color, women, and people who are LGBTQ.

The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ), headed by the Attorney General, is perhaps second only to the presidency in importance in affecting domestic policy.

The DOJ oversees dozens of important civil liberties, criminal justice, national security, drug enforcement, immigration, and intelligence agencies, including the FBI, Drug Enforcement Administration, and the immigration courts. The DOJ is the primary agency charged with protecting the civil liberties of children, women, victims of crime, elders, and juvenile and adult justice-involved individuals.

Perhaps more importantly, the Attorney General has the potential to influence and advise the president on the use of executive orders and related actions that do not require congressional approval. Sen. Sessions’ 30-year record, including his past and current statements, positions, legislative actions, and prosecutorial decisions, are reflective of a litany of dubious civil and human rights positions he seems to have embraced.

Thus, NASW must stand in opposition to Sessions’ confirmation based on his record:

Appointment to a Federal Judgeship Rejected by U.S. Senate: The Senate in 1986 rejected President Ronald Reagan’s nomination of Sessions as a federal judge after colleagues testified about racially offensive comments Sessions made as a U.S. Attorney in Alabama.

Voting Rights:  Sessions led a 1985 effort to charge three Alabama residents, one of whom was 92 years old, with felony voter fraud for helping black Americans who were older vote in Alabama. The three were acquitted on all counts. Sessions famously stated that the Voting Rights Act of 1965 was a “piece of intrusive legislation” and voted for an amendment requiring a government-issued photo ID to vote.

Civil and Human Rights: Sessions in 2015 voted against Sen. John McCain’s bipartisan amendment reaffirming the prohibition of torture. In 2013 he voted against the reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act. He also voted against a bill that would have enabled broader federal prosecution of hate crimes, amendments to increase funding for Hispanic education programs, and the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act.

Workers’ Rights: Sessions was in favor of retaining a U.S. Department of Labor rule that would have stripped six million workers of the right to overtime pay. During the 2008 economic crisis, Sessions voted against the temporary extension of unemployment benefits. He has voted against increasing the minimum wage numerous times.

The Environment: Out of 220 votes on legislation involving the environment, Sessions has only taken a pro-environmental stance 15 times. He voted in favor of the Keystone XL pipeline and against an amendment that would have identified climate change as real.

LGBTQ Issues: Sessions voted for a constitutional amendment prohibiting same-sex couples from marrying, voted against an amendment prohibiting discrimination against LGBT students and voted against the Employment Non-Discrimination Act and repeal of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell.”

Immigration: Sessions was strongly against President Obama’s Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals and Deferred Action for Parents of Americans and Lawful Permanent Residents (also known as DACA and DAPA) reforms. He also voted against the DREAM Act and the Senate’s bipartisan immigration reform bill and called for the end of birthright citizenship.

Criminal Justice:  Sessions has long taken a harsh stance on criminal justice reform. He openly says that the federal government no longer leads the way in reforms such as eliminating mandatory minimum sentences and does not support passage of the bipartisan Sentence Reform and Corrections Act. He has consistently argued that marijuana use merits severe punishment, claiming that “good people don’t smoke marijuana.”

In determining whether to support Sessions’s nomination—and likely confirmation—to be the Attorney General of the United States, NASW reviewed his history in the context of  this association’s civil rights, human rights, and social justice priorities.

On behalf of the social work profession, NASW strongly recommends that should he be confirmed,Sessions must sustain the momentum in criminal justice reform and be willing to listen to the civil rights and social justice community on the need to strengthen monitoring of voting rights violations.

Sessions must also continue a collaborative and bipartisan effort to institute meaningful reforms in community policing, especially as it relates to use of force policies and procedures. Unless Sessions expresses willingness to have open communication with the community on these issues, we fear that his confirmation would jeopardize the many civil and human rights gains that have been achieved over the last 50 years.

Should he be confirmed, NASW will vigilantly observe the course of his tenure as the U.S. Attorney General  and will speak out forcefully if there are shifts and reversals of policies and laws that the civil and human rights community have fought for decades to have implemented.

For more information contact NASW Social Justice and Human Rights Manager Mel Wilson at


  1. I am a graduate student, and I am a future clinical social worker. I am also a new member. I just want to say that we all just need to stick together as social workers, for a better world for all of us, for all of humanity, and for the people who need us the most. Everyone is different, but we all are human. This is our country, and we have a new president. We have to work with each other, and accept our differences, and follow the basic rules of our profession. We must treat everyone with respect. Change is hard! But we just have to make the best of things. Many people in society are really in deep emotional pain, they need us. We can’t fight against each other, we need each other! Thank you for giving me the opportunity, to learn from you all, to show me valuable skills that I need as a social worker, because I know I can and will make a difference in someone’s life. I love working with people, and just making someone’s day, which is why I love social work. I know you all love being social workers too! Don’t ever forget your purpose. I love you all, God bless you, and keep smiling through these difficult times ahead. You are not alone, and most of all remember we have each other.

  2. All this discussion about political partisanship has led to many contentious statements in this blog. NASW’s endorsement/opposition to politicians and policies should be based on the profession’s commitment to support efforts in our society, on micro and micro levels, that help all humans achieve and/or maintain basic human and civil rights. This support is not exclusive to any one political party (each party has been “successful” and “unsuccessful” when attempting to address many issues in our country) or a single world view (conservative or progressive). Not all Democratic party members are “liberal” or “progressive”; not all Republican party members are “conservative”. As social workers, I think it is fair so say, that we know there is no “one right way”. There has to be room for all points of view in our profession.

    NASW is an organization devoted to promoting the welfare of all people and providing support to social workers who are engaged in this work. There is no single way to do this and there is no organization stance (of any organization) that can reflect the individual beliefs of all members. There will always be disagreements. I would hope that despite our disagreements, we can avoid partisanship and stand together as social workers, because that is our commonality. This bickering and name calling does not reflect well on us and dilutes our shared purpose: to help those in need.

    That said, I believe that NASW’s statement about Senator Sessions seems to address concerns based on his voting history and stances on civil liberty concerns, not his politics.

  3. Vicki Beibler, Alexa Morales, Sara, Connie C. Cox, Sue, and Geo:

    Each of you has called for political conservatives to “retire, change professions”, “consider a different line of work” , “choose another profession” and “…do the profession a favor and turn over your credentials”. You have also stated, “No one who is not Progressive should be in this field”, and “no one in this field should have political beliefs that are not based upon improving human potential and existence”.

    Are you aware there have been multiple lawsuits against schools of social work that were won based upon this type of discrimination against politically-conservative BSW and MSW students? FIRE is the website that cites these suits based upon infringement upon the right to free speech on campuses.

    Are you also aware you are in direct violation of the NASW Code of Ethics, in multiple sections but most notably 6.04 (b)?

    Have you ever considered that people who are different from you may bring a fresh perspective and approach to helping all people that isn’t mired in waste of taxpayer dollars and ensures safety and security for all U.S. Citizens, regardless of their gender, skin color, national origin, sexual orientation, political beliefs, spiritual beliefs, income, type of employment, health, mental health, clothing style, hygiene habits, diet, sleep patterns or anything else that makes a person unique?

  4. I support President Trump and Jeff Sessions for Attorney General. I do not believe the progressive, hateful, negative comments about either of them who both want to get the U.S. back on track after 8 years of a Communist-raised President who harmed the U.S.
    As a conservative social worker, I believe in religion, family, and respect for all, including gay marriage and early abortion. I am active in conservative politics that are aimed at improving the lives of others. NASW doesn’t speak out against the brutalization of Christians and women in the Middle East.
    I do believe that NASW needs to split into two organizations – progressive and conservative social workers. And I am tired of the insults from the progressive social workers who believe in Group Think and clichés.

  5. To all progressive colleagues who have advised me and my fellow conservative that this profession “may not be for you”:

    I have been a professional Social Worker for 37 years. I have served as President of a NASW Mega Chapter, served on both national and Chapter Ethics Committees and have taught Ethics for NASW for over a decade. I am also a 3-time Delegate to Delegate Assembly, Thus, I am pretty darn sure in Section 6 of the Code of Ethics, we are called to refrain from discrimination, including based on “political beliefs”.

    If you truly want political conservatives out of the Social Work profession, then please petition NASW to change its Bylaws, Code of Ethics and membership requirements to exclude us based upon our political beliefs. Then, NASW may petition CSWE to revise BSW, MSW and Doctoral admission requirements to include only Democrats, Socialists, Green Party, Communists and other Progressive political party members.

    Otherwise, if you don’t like our opinions that are our right to post on any blog, please stop trying to shame or belittle us and continue our dialogues in a respectful manner.

    • Yes! I absolutely support Trump and Sessions 100% and consider myself a VERY EFFECTIVE AND PASSIONATE social worker! Do I impose my beliefs on others? Nope! Do I TELL others what to do?? Nope! Do I advocate for people’s rights…all the time??!! YES!! Just because I am conservative in my views and beliefs doesn’t mean I shouldn’t be a social worker. I empower, encourage, use strengths-based approaches, I’m client-centered, and follow policies. I have integrity = doing the right thing when no one is looking. Is it my OBLIGATION to change the world? Nope. It’s my obligation to treat others with respect and dignity and if their rights are being violated, I help THEM learn ways to address how to advocate for themselves…isn’t that what our Code says? Sure, it also says we have an obligation to the broader society, but what that means to me is helping OTHERS learn how to advocate for themselves and help others learn ways to empower policies in ways that they are passionate about. I have all the rights I feel I should be granted. If someone feels their rights are being violated, then I help them move forward to address that. The best gift we can give to others is to empower them to advocate for themselves. So, if I think that Trump is a fabulous, that’s my right. Telling conservative social workers they shouldn’t be social workers if they support Trump and Sessions is the same thing you are blaming conservative social workers of doing – – standing a line that is unethical and unjust. In essence, how dare anyone tell me what to believe and feel. I hope you don’t treat clients that way! It’s bad practice.

    • Very well said

    • Beth,

      I am not a social worker or a student in a social work program. My core values are closely aligned with those of the NASW and the profession, which is why I come to this site often. As a lay person, I would never, ever consider working with you on a professional level. Your brand of social work truly frightens me as a client.

    • Trish,

      I’m sorry to hear you’re frightened by my posts. One of Social Work’s Ethics calls for non-discrimination when working with clients. I never express opinions in my profession, whether it was in the past counseling clients,or now as a Lean Six Sigma Black Belt. Please be assured that, despite my egress from NASW after almost 3 decades of membership, I adhere to the NASW Code of Ethics in my work.

      Should you ever seek the services of a professional Social Worker, I support your trust in vetting that professional before contracting to work with him/her. Feel free to stay within your “safe” area, if that’s what you need.

    • Beth,

      It’s not about you expressing opinions in your counseling sessions to clients. It’s your utter lack of understanding that your world view interferes with your ability to help clients. For example, social workers are suppose to actively advocate for policies that would eradicate structural racism, and as far as I can tell, you don’t seem to understand that.

    • How do you define “structural racism”? What has led you to the conclusion that only government policy can eradicate this? Have you considered additional options for addressing this issue that may not rely upon governmental policy?

  6. This stance by NASW has absolutely nothing to do with whether we are Deomocrats, Republicans or Independents. It has eveything to do with our Code of Ethics, which we all as social workers must abide by. Our individual differences make us stronger as an association, but we must still uphold our Code of Ethics. It’s what makes us social workers, and for that I am proud!

  7. This isn’t about politics; it’s about the values we share as social workers and standing up to anything which violates those values. Let’s all embrace our Code of Ethics as a way to help be leaders in our communities.

  8. Some things transcend political party politics….opposing the appointment of Mr. Sessions is one of those things and I am proud that NASW has chosen to speak out and oppose this appointment. Not because Sessions is a Republican but because of his positions about important issues and regarding groups of people. Thank you NASW!

  9. I am in agreement with the NASW on several issues listed above. But there are critical issues which I feel strongly about with which I agree with Senator Sessions. Right now I do not know if I would vote for or against him for the position of US Attorney General. The point I would like to make is that people are not entitled to every right and privilege available to them. There are limits in life. Just like a child has limits in life, so do adults. Most Democrats seem to believe that everything available to people should be given to just about everybody, without limitation, and usually for free. Free citizenship, voting rights without proof of citizenship, free education and medical care for non-citizens, birthright citizenship. None of this is free. In one way or another tax payers pay for these “free” things. There ARE limits to how much tax money the government has to spend. Not to mention the fact that the people getting these services are not citizens to begin with, who should not be getting these services anyway. They should return to their countries of birth or wherever they want to go when they arrive illegally in our country. If they want to be in this country, there are legal ways to get here. They can come here legally or not at all. This country already pays enough money taking care of the legitimate citizens who need assistance. These legitimate citizens could get more assistance if our tax dollars were not being spent on non-citizens. There are other issues such as sanctuary cities which I think are absolutely against the good of the US citizenry. It is comparable to harboring fugitives, which is illegal. I imagine Democrats are in favor of them and Senator Sessions is opposed. Now that I’ve written about it, I think I support Senator Sessions.

  10. The election of Mr. Trump is going to cause problems in so many social arenas, we have not, in any way, seen what havoc is going to be reeked throughout our Nation as we knew it. We, as social workers need to do what we can to advocate all that we believe in and support – the very reason we became social workers. Sessions is an extension of Trump, we learn more and more about who this charlatan is with each day passing. Too bad we can’t STOP this inauguration!

  11. As social workers, regardless of our specific job role, advocacy for the vulnerable is perhaps our most important role. The appointment of the Attorney General is so critical to the landscape of justice for all rather than justice for the powerful majority that the appointment of Mr. Sessions (according to his historic record) would have the capacity to put at even greater risk those most vulnerable in our nation. It is important that Justice and Advocacy extend beyond political affiliation to support those individuals whose efforts promote social work values and ideals rather than demonstrating steadfast loyalty to a political platform. I commend those who recognize the importance of this and are capable of putting the wellbeing of the vulnerable ahead of one’s own self-interest. Mr. Sessions doesn’t appear to possess the basic belief in Justice For All required of the individual entrusted to champion the rights of our nations most vulnerable.

  12. I find the comments interesting. I think that every person in Social Work needs to read and research the origins of their profession from the 1800s with the Women’s Liberation Movement giving them the Right to Vote, the Civil Rights Movement of the 1960s and now the Human Rights Movement. Social Justice is a part of Social Work that has moved this profession forward. It is imperative that Social Workers involve themselves in Social Policy, not just Case Management and Counseling individuals. Thank you NASW for standing up.

  13. Democrat, republican, tea party, or whatever you are, some of the things Sessions has voted for and stated goes against our professional ethics (human rights). It is the NASW’s responsibility to let us know when they are going to publically speak out against something, poltical or otherwise.

  14. These type of statements are the reason I have not renewed my NASW membership. Please be aware that many social workers do not agree with your political views on many issues. You do not speak for all social workers and many colleagues are not renewing memberships for similar reasons. Please try to accept and embrace diversity.

  15. Dennis Botts LCSW ACSW

    I am personally exhausted with politics We are in perpetual election and re election rather than governing. Are there any moderates left?

  16. Just as a reminder of where our wonderful profession came from see Jane Addams link.

    As someone who is an independent, which means I am not a democrat or republican, I agree we must pay close attention to the policies that are affecting people we serve.We need to get past the bickering about a candidate’s popularity. The question is, how does it affect the populations we as social workers serve? That is what I care about. Period. I don’t agree completely with either parties views truthfully.

    I can tell you this is the first time I truly feel scared about what is about to happen to our democracy. We as social workers are called to be advocates for justice and this includes the fight against racism and all it’s forms. As a black, (Christian) independent, I must say, I feel like I am being transported back to the 50’s, when I had to use the colored bathroom in S.C. I am sorry to say it, but I do. We simply cannot tolerate U.S. to go backwards…we have a ways to go, but we cannot tolerate racism and bigotry. What did the first social workers do? They fought for justice and served the poor.

  17. Those who get upset about NASW “getting political” must have forgotten that it is part of our history, identity and code of ethics as social workers to be concerned about social justice. Such matters as protesting for equal rights, the dignity of all humans, and rejection of racism and discrimination, not to mention advocacy for immigrants, go back to our roots as a profession. I am confused that any social worker would NOT view the appointment of an Attorney General with a history of racist positions and actions, and lack of advocacy for equal justice for all in his positions of authority as something to denounce. We could certainly debate tactics, but to protest against the appointment of an Attorney General who would not represent laws supporting the principles of fairness for all is a response consistent with our calling and commitment as social workers who live in the US. The values and code of ethics promoted by the profession of social workers, as represented by NASW, and the nation’s progress toward a more just society are being threatened by the incoming administration and nominees for Cabinet positions, including Jeff Sessions.

  18. Thank you NASW. I oppose Mr.Sessions for attorney general !!

  19. No one in this field should have political beliefs that are not based on improving human potential and existence

  20. Dorothy Koerner, LICSW

    Thank you for taking this position.

  21. While I am not declaring myself Republican nor Democrat, I am standing up and stating that ALL individuals MUST be represented and protected…where the hell are we heading? Stay focused on the agenda at hand…not the peanuts and music!

  22. As a social worker I appreciate the freedoms of self-expression but I find it absolutely appalling how some are conducting themselves. It’s one thing to disagree, its a whole different feeling when you protest with vile and hatred. Unfortunately, the more this country becomes partisan, the more I witness low tolerance out of the liberals.

  23. I am in firm agreement with the NASW. I will fight for equal rights. If you are okay with a racist becoming appointed who clearly does not care about equal rights for all then maybe you picked the wrong career. In the NASW Code of Ethics it clearly states, ” Social Workers challenge social injustice” (NASW, 2008). If this is not clearly a case of the need for us to challenge a social injustice I don’t know what is. Jeff Sessions was rejected to become a federal judge because his colleagues said he was a racist. This is just the beginning of a long fight for the next 4 years for equal rights!

  24. Thanks Hannah
    I’ve been making calls to protest this appointee and signing petitions. I’m with you. We don’t want him to represent our country

  25. Dors nasw have a group (official) marching on ja
    21? in dc? Let me – and everyone know, so we may march together
    ..under a banner or homemade signs


  26. This is very one-sided and not balanced. Could NASW please provide fair and balanced viewpoints or opinions – I want to continue with NASW as a member but it is getting tough with such postings and calls to action – especially when I do not agree and the fees continue to go up! This view for example is inciting panic and is not fair to this Senator or his supporters – these and other alt left views do not always apply to me. How can ALL social workers be heard through NASW?

  27. Thank you NASW. This man’s history is simply not in line with the code of ethics of our profession. This statement is not a political move, though it does have political implications. It is certainly troubling that SWs think of the statement as pandering to partisanship.

  28. It is possible for some leopards to change. Remember the how the Democratic Party was for segregation. Remember how Gov. Wallace was for segregation. His last days he apologized and his caretaker was Black. No party is without shame. Follow the facts first because emotions will lead you partisan most of the time. Robert Byrd was a Klan member. He was a Democrat from WV. Some of the poor clients I serve are Republicans. I’m just glad they vote. I’m Black and the clients are Black too. We love America!!!

  29. While it is true that not all social workers are democrats, one would hope it would be fair to see that we all stand for equal rights and against oppression, bigotry and abuse of power. There is nothing partisan about that.

  30. The protesters in today’s confirmation hearing were rude, loud and some had to be removed from the room due to their outlandish behaviors. I can not recall ever seeing Republican protesters dressed heinously in KKK robes or Code Pink-like tiaras when protesting Democrat nominees to Cabinet positions.

    • I can remember Republicans wearing KKK robes. They did so very proudly as they supported Donald Trump’s election.

    • The KKK was founded by the democrat party.

      Just because one group of people supported a candidate, does not mean that the candidate supports that groups viewpoint.

      As a social worker do you ONLY help people who share your political views? Suppose a homeless, addicted, white male veteran came to you for assistance. Do you turn him away based on the color of his skin or other traits YOU find unacceptable?

      Demanding everyone think like you is the basis for fascism and certainly not enlightened as you claim to be.

      So start discussing the value of IDEAS instead of the usual ad hominem attacks against those who disagree.

    • Maybe that is because democratic nominees did not support racist actions . I did not approve of rude actions, however I understand the motivation ‘.

    • No, they just vote like Sessions and behave like Trump to ridicule others.

  31. “Perhaps more importantly, the Attorney General has the potential to influence and advise the president on the use of executive orders and related actions that do not require congressional approval.”

    I guess it was perfectly okay for President Obama to use executive orders and bypass Congress on numerous Federal appointments and actions, some of which were rejected by Federal Courts of Law as being illegal…?

    I look forward to observing his testimony before Congress today in his confirmation hearing.

  32. I oppose Mr. Sessions for Attorney General. A leopard does not change its spots.

    • Kathryn fitzner LCSW

      And yet I am in a profession that DOES believe that change is possible and have spent my career assisting clients do just that–change. Guess that doesn’t apply in Dr Johnsons world? You have my sincere condolences for there is nothing more rewarding than to see, as you put it, a leopard changing its spots.

  33. Here is hoping that we continue to be a nation “of the people, by the people ., and for the people,” All encompassing for all people! Human Beings!

  34. As social workers it’s our duty NOT to support someone like Sessions. I am elated hat NASW has publicly opposed his confirmation! Thank you!!

  35. Horrifying!

  36. Sessions should be denied this appontment. He has done enough damage.

  37. Sessions should be denied this appointment.

    • That’s right only the good ones are Democrats. And understand what are equal rights for all. Thank’s so much… NASW. Maybe your in the wrong field.

  38. I hate how NASW has to get political….not ALL social workers are democrats. Shake my head!

    • I’m with you Hannah!

    • You don’t have to be a democrat to advance the values and standards of the social work profession. Clearly, Sessions’ record on social justice issues does not pass muster! If you personally support Sessions, that is fine, but as a social worker upholding the Code of Ethics, I struggle to see how NASW could support his confirmation.

    • Hannah and Beth, did you read the concerns listed above? Sessions’ actions have clearly been inconsistent with social work’s core values.

    • Before the election, I was asked to participate in an 8th grade career day as a speaker on being a professional clinical social worker. In preparation and to use as a visual I went back to our Code of Ethics and our Principles. I suggest to Everyone to re-read them. I hope it inspires and clarifies why you went to graduate school to become a licensed social worker and why you still believe in the profession. If it doesn’t change or re-align your mind-set about equality and social injustice then it may be time to retire/change professions.

    • Vicky,

      I’ve been teaching a 3-hour Ethics course (required for state licensure renewal) for NASW for well over a decade. The Code does not call for alignment with one political party or another. It also does not define any certain means or process for social work practice. Nor have I ever seen a quantitative definition of “social justice”.

      The Code serves as a guide for decision-making in everyday practice, not as a “thou shall” or “thou shall not” book of rules.

      Please see my blog note below regarding your suggestion that Social Workers who are politically conservative retire or change professions. Just because we have different opinions on HOW to help people doesn’t mean we’re not true Social Workers.

    • NASW’s statement is exclusively focused on social policies that are consistent with social work core values and our NASW Code of Ethics. Hannah and Beth, please cite for us the times that this well crafted statement mentions “Democratic” or “Republican.” In fact, the two of you have the only partisan comments on this entire webpage.

    • Thank you – I’m wondering if NASW could be more balanced – there are middle of the road and conservative social workers that could and should be given a voice.

    • Are you kidding me? Social work began as a grass roots movement to help the disinfranchised & has since been at the forefront of POLITICAL activism. Your statement insidcates you don’t know the history of your profession. Social work has always been strongly linked to politics, and if you can’t support its core values you should consider a different area of work.

    • Human rights are not political. Choosing to practice as a Social Worker means upholding a set of ethics and values that respects humans rights and dignity of those we serve. If you don’t agree with those values and ethics then choose another professional.

    • No one who is not progressive should be in this field.

    • Are you kidding me?!? Social work began as a grass roots movement to address issues affecting the disenfranchised. IT HAS ALWAYS BEEN A POLITICALLY INVOLVED organization as it MUST BE in order to advocate our profession’s core values (read your code of ethics again). If you don’t know THAT – you might be in the wrong profession.

    • But ALL Social Workers should be concerned about civil and human rights for all….and Sessions has consistently proven that he does not. You should not have to be a Democrat to believe in social justice…

    • Unfortunately being a social worker, let me rephrase that, being a social worker who is worth anything, involves being politically active. Consequently, Democrats have a better track record of supporting social change and equality than do Republicans. NASW does not exist to support one side or the other, but to support whoever has the record and the consistency of supporting human rights, and issues that affect our clients. Being a social worker does not mean you have to be Republican or Democrat, and honestly aligning yourself with one party or the other is silly, however, if you do not align yourself with the idea of equality, and social justice, despite what you believe religiously, or politically, you probably should leave the profession. Jeff Sessions is an enemy to human rights.

    • It’s about ALL people’s rights…

    • You took the words right out of my mouth!

    • Read the Social Work Code of Ethics…anyone who opposes that, whether Republican or Democrat do NOT have our clients’ best interest in mind. And as a ethical social worker defending the integrity of the profession, one of our avenues for change is political. That is systems perspective. Anyone who went to grad school Social Work 101 should know that.

    • As social workers, our code of ethics directs and demands that we advocate for social justice. Unfortunately politics is the only tool we have to fight for social justice .

    • This has nothing to do about party affiliation. The opening paragraph sets the stage that this is about “deep concerns that during his tenure the United States could lose ground on important advances made during the past 50 years in civil and human rights.” If Sessions’ appointment doesn’t shake you up as a social worker, perhaps you should do the profession a favor and turn over your credentials.

    • This is not about Democrats vs Republicans!! This is someone who has an IMMENSE responsibility in dealing with civil rights!! Anyone who is opposed to supporting civil rights is UNFIT for a cabinet position and it SHOULD be a priority of the NASW, whose mission is to not only support social workers but also the social work core competencies of upholding human rights. If you are truly a social worker you would have already figured that out!!

    • Remember the roots of social work – The settlement house movement… It’s not about being a democrat or republican, it’s about humanity and social justice. That’s the job of social workers!

    • I totally agree. After reading this, I am emailing Senator Sessions and and letting him know that this social worker has done her homework, listened to the confirmation hearings, and is in total support of his confirmation of Attorney General!

    • Exactly right! There are many conservative social work practitioners who support Senator Jeff Sessions and the Trump administration. Liberals have held the social work profession hostage for far too long, it’s time to break their stranglehold and lack of political diversity in the field.

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