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NASW Arizona Chapter thanks Phoenix Mayor for calling for Voting Investigation

Officials in Arizona’s Maricopa County cut the number of polling places from 200 in the last presidential election to 60 in last week’s primary. That led to massive lines in polling places, especially in areas of historically marginalized and underrepresented populations, and charges of voter disenfranchisement. Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton has called for a Justice Department investigation. The National Association ... Read More »

NASW Congratulates Douglas Brooks for his tenure as director of White House HIV/AIDS Office

NASW STATEMENT: The National Association of Social Workers (NASW) commends social worker Douglas Brooks for his leadership and vision as director of the White House Office on National HIV/AIDS Policy.  Brooks, MSW, LCSW, completed his tenure at the office on March 24. “Since day one, Douglas has provided outstanding service to the nation,” NASW Chief Executive Officer Angelo McClain, PhD, ... Read More »

The National Association of Social Workers Supports Women’s Access to Birth Control

The National Association of Social Workers (NASW) has joined in filing an amicus brief in the U.S. Supreme Court case, Zubik v. Burwell, to support the right of all employees to access health care without discrimination, even while accommodating their employer’s religious beliefs. The U.S. Supreme Court today reviewed challenges to the “accommodation” of the ACA’s birth control benefit. At stake is whether ... Read More »

NASW Statement: Judge Merrick Garland Highly Qualified to be U.S. Supreme Court Justice

NASW Statement: The National Association of Social Workers (NASW) is pleased President Obama has nominated Judge Merrick Garland to serve on the U.S. Supreme Court. Garland is highly qualified and respected and NASW expects the U.S. Senate to fulfill its obligation and hold hearings on his nomination in reasonable time. It will be a disservice to the nation if Senate ... Read More »

NASW Joins Groups Urging U.S. Supreme Court to Uphold President Obama’s Immigration Order

NASW STATEMENT: The National Association of Social Workers (NASW) has joined five anchor organizations to sign on to an amicus brief to the U.S. Supreme Court in support of overturning a U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruling in Texas v. United States that blocked President Obama’s executive order to expand immigration deferred action programs. More than 70 organizations with a ... Read More »

NASW Michigan Flint Water Disaster Task Force Sends Recommendations to Flint Water Disaster Task Force

As the water disaster in Flint continues and the recovery process begins, the National Association of Social Workers Michigan Chapter (NASW-Michigan), its members and our partners remain committed to restoration. In Flint, chapter members continue to make critical home visits to the most vulnerable families to provide water, filter installations, lead education, and other services under the coordination of Crossing ... Read More »

NASW Social Justice Brief urges social workers push to end solitary confinement, offers guidance to help inmates

On any given day 80,000 to 100,000 inmates in U.S. prisons, jails or juvenile detention facilities are in solitary confinement. The practice can cause long-term damage to the mental health of inmates. This Social Justice Brief from the National Association of Social Workers (NASW), Solitary Confinement: A Clinical Social Work Perspective, offers and overview of this issue. It urges social ... Read More »

NASW Statement on U.S. Supreme Court Nomination

The National Association of Social Workers (NASW) urges President Obama to submit a nominee to fill the vacant seat of the late U.S. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia. President Obama has said he intends to nominate Scalia’s successor. However, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) has ruled out the possibility of scheduling a confirmation hearing until after the presidential election ... Read More »

President Obama’s Budget Offers Opportunities for Social Workers in Child Welfare, Behaviorial Health, Early Childhood Home Visiting

When President Obama released his final budget for Fiscal Year 2017 on February 9, there were several opportunities for social workers in child welfare, behavioral health and early childhood home visiting. Of particular note is the focus on improving the child welfare workforce, policy priorities long sought by the National Association of Social Workers. The budget provides funding to improve ... Read More »

NASW joins in letter protesting legislation that discrimininates against students who are transgender

NASW PRESS RELEASE: The National Association of Social Workers has joined six other child and family advocacy organizations to sign a letter from the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) urging South Dakota Governor Dennis Daugaard and other governors not to approve legislation that discriminates against students who are transgender. The open letter was also signed by the American Academy of Pediatrics, ... Read More »