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Administration Begins to Fulfill Promise to Shorten Certain Drug Sentences

President Obama and Attorney General Eric Holder have begun to make good on their promise to reform criminal justice sentencing reform and encourage sensible drug policies. A first step toward sentencing reform began with Holder’s March 13, 2014 announcement of a new policy intended to shorten sentences for certain federal drug offenders. Just weeks later on April 20 Holder announced ... Read More »

Today is Equal Pay Day

This day, April 8, 2014, symbolizes how far into 2014 women have to work to catch up with what men were paid in 2013. Still 50 years after the Equal Pay Act, women who are employed full time, are paid only 77 cents for every dollar paid to men. However, the wage gap for women of color (African American and ... Read More »

Special Issue of Health & Social Work on Service Members, Veterans, and Their Families

Approximately 2.2 million service members make up the U.S. all-volunteer force in the active, National Guard, and Reserve components, representing less than one percent of all U.S. citizens. Furthermore, veterans constitute seven percent of the country’s population, or almost 22 million persons, with ten percent of those being female. The largest living cohort of veterans served during the Vietnam era. ... Read More »

NASW Statement on Brooks Appointment to White House Office of National AIDS Policy

Douglas Brooks. Photo courtesy of TheBody.com.

The National Association of Social Workers (NASW) congratulates Douglas Brooks, MSW, LCSW, on his appointment as director of the White House Office of National AIDS Policy (ONAP).  Brooks brings the necessary leadership skills to oversee implementation of the National HIV/AIDS Strategy (NHAS) and HIV Care Continuum initiative in a way that will engage the many communities and organizations committed to ... Read More »

NASW needs your help to fix Voting Rights Act

The National Association and its partner organizations need your help in urging Congress to pass legislation to fix the Voting Rights Act. The U.S. Supreme Court last June declared the Voting Rights Act is unconstitutional when it came to identifying jurisdictions that must get “pre-clearance,” or federal approval to change voting laws. Pre-clearance enabled the federal government to prevent states ... Read More »

2015 Budget Impact on Economic and Social Justice Programs

Part 2 of NASW’s analysis of President Obama’s FY 2015 Budget addresses Department of Justice (DOJ) provisions.  Several programs and services that align with key NASW public policies receive renewed attention and increased funding. Department of Justice www.justice.gov Criminal Justice President Obama’s FY 2015 Budget proposal for the Department of Justice calls for $173 million in targeted investments for criminal justice reform ... Read More »

2015 Budget Impact on Economic and Social Justice Programs

President Obama’s 2015 budget created equal measures of excitement and dismay in Congress last week, but NASW was pleased to see that social and economic justice and potential opportunities for the social work profession factored prominently into many areas of the proposal. In the President’s budget, several programs and services created to support vulnerable families receive renewed attention and increased ... Read More »

March 10th – Women and Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day

One in four people with HIV in the United States are women or girls over the age of 13.   It is estimated that over 25,000 women and girls in the U.S. do not know they are living with HIV. On March 10, National Women and Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day, the Health and Human Services Office on Women’s Health is reaching ... Read More »

GLobal LGBT Equity is a Social Justice Issue

The National Association of Social Workers has a strong position against discrimination of persons based on their sexual orientation or gender identity.  Criminalizing relationships based on one’s sexual orientation or gender identity violates fundamental human rights, limits one’s ability to fully engage in their community and society, and hinders effective public health responses to HIV and AIDS.     President Obama, in a ... Read More »