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NASW Unaccompanied Migrant Children Social Justice Brief: What Social Workers can do to address the crisis

The United States is grappling with a massive influx of more than 60,000 children and teenagers who have migrated to the United States from Central American, particularly El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras. Many of these children are fleeing gang violence and extreme poverty in their home countries. Others are the victims of drug traffickers and sex trafficking/sexual violence or are being ... Read More »

Addressing discrimination towards LGBT families at the state and federal level

Ending discrimination at the state-level: On July 29th, the Commonwealth of Virginia became the newest state to join the ‘changing landscape’ of marriage equality in the United States.   The 31 states that continue to have restrictions on marriage to include “one man and one woman”  are those in which state law or constitutional amendment is currently being challenged or the ... Read More »

NASW to issue Brief with Guidelines to Help Unaccompanied Immigrant Children

The National Association of Social Workers is concerned by the massive influx of unaccompanied child immigrants from Central America, and is developing a brief that will include recommendations to help alleviate the crisis. Many of these recommendations were developed by The First Focus Campaign for Children, a national nonpartisan advocacy organization. NASW has also consulted with state chapters who are ... Read More »

LGBT Pride Month Update

June is Lesbian Gay Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT)  Pride Month. On June 2, 2014, President Barack Obama declared June as Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) Pride Month. The President’s proclamation outlined the important legislative changes in the advancement of LGBT equity that occurred at the state and federal level.  The President noted that the Obama Administration “proudly stands alongside all ... Read More »

NASW-Massachusetts statement on Supreme Court Buffer Zone ruling

The National Association of Social Workers – Massachusetts Chapter (NASW-MA) and NASW’s national headquarters in Washington, D.C. are disappointed by a United States Supreme Court ruling on Thursday that unanimously overturned the Massachusetts law that created a 35-foot buffer zone around health clinics offering abortion services.  The Court stated that establishing these zones infringed on the First Amendment rights of ... Read More »

NASW partnering with Selective Service System to ensure youth do not miss opportunities

Did you know millions of young men miss out on important opportunities because they fail to register for the Selective Service? The National Association of Social Workers (NASW) has partnered with the Selective Service System to help inform young men — and especially at-risk young men — of the requirement to register with Selective Service when they turn 18. NASW ... Read More »

One Person, One Action, One Nation: United Against Elder Abuse

World Elder Abuse Awareness Day, June 15   Every year, at least one in 10 older adults experiences elder abuse, neglect, or exploitation. Moreover, researchers estimate that, for every reported case of elder abuse, another 23.5 cases go unreported. Social workers play essential roles in preventing, identifying, and addressing elder abuse. That’s why every action by every individual is needed ... Read More »

Fight for Minimum Wage Increase Not Over

Social workers and other members of the social justice community are disappointed the Senate on Wednesday failed to pass the Fair Minimum Wage Act (S.460). Fortunately, the Obama Administration will continue to press for the passage of the bill. In turn, they are asking Americans in favor of the Fair Minimum Wage Act to press members of Congress to pass ... Read More »

NASW: Nation must do more to address racism in aftermath of Sterling incident

The National Association of Social Workers (NASW) applauds NBA Commissioner Adam Silver for imposing a lifetime ban and $2.5-million fine on Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling for making racist and demeaning remarks about African Americans. However, NASW recognizes more work must be done to end racism that is deeply ingrained in our nation’s social systems, communities and institutions, including ... Read More »