Advocacy

NASW Indiana Response to the Religious Freedom Restoration Act

      Recently, the Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA) was signed into law in Indiana. Following its passage, there has been a strong and immediate reaction regarding its potential use and the message it sends about our state’s values at a national level. A vast array of businesses, academic institutions, religious groups and human rights advocates have stated their ... Read More »

Report: LGBT women at higher risk of living in poverty

Lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) women are more likely to be at risk of poverty in the United States, thanks to discriminatory laws, according to a report released today by the Movement Advancement Project (MAP) and the Center for American Progress (CAP). The National Association of Social Workers is one of 17 organizations that is a partner on the ... Read More »

NASW Statement on Senator Barbara Mikulski Retirement Announcement

Sen. Barbara Mikulski (D-MD) on March 2 announced she will not seek reelection and will retire in 2016. The National Association of Social Workers (NASW) thanks Mikulski for her 38 years of leadership in Congress and for her strong and unwavering support of the social work profession and issues important to social workers. With almost two years remaining before her ... Read More »

Reports: Despite higher visibility people who are transgender still face huge barriers

People who are transgender are becoming more visible in American society. Transgender activist and actress Laverne Cox, who appears on the hit Netflix series “Orange is the New Black,” made the cover of Time. And Chaz Bono, the only child of well known entertainers Sonny and Cher, made an Oprah Winfrey Network documentary about his transition from female to male. ... Read More »

NASW Social Justice Brief offers Recommendations to End Racial Profiling and Mitigate Use of Force by Police

Recent cases involving the injury or deaths of people of color during encounters with law enforcement officers have put more attention on racial profiling, according to the National Association of Social Workers (NASW) Social Justice Brief The Role of Racial Profiling in Encounters with Law Enforcement. Studies show people are more likely to stop people of color for traffic violations, ... Read More »

Affordable Care Act Threatened: Here’s How You Can Help Save It

Many social workers may be unaware that on November 14 the U.S. Supreme Court announced that it would take up the case King v. Burwell, which challenges the legitimacy of the Affordable Care Act (ACA). In previous challenges to ACA, the opposition questioned the constitutionality of the individual mandate required in the law. However, this more recent case does not ... Read More »

The Preventing Sex Trafficking, Strengthening Families Law: What Social Workers should know

President Obama signed into law The Preventing Sex Trafficking and Strengthening Families Act (P.L. 113-183) that will: Encourage states to combat sex trafficking among youth in foster care, promote normalcy for foster youth; Help move more children from foster care into adoptive homes or the homes of relatives; and Increase the amount of child support provided to families in which ... Read More »

Join 16-Day Campaign to End Gender Violence

The international human rights community will join forces for 16 Days of Activism Against Gender Violence between Nov. 25, the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women, and Dec. 10, which is International Human Rights Day. The campaign aims to raise awareness about gender-based violence as a human rights violation at the local, national, regional, and international levels. ... Read More »

NASW Statement on Ferguson Grand Jury Decision

With the issuance of the St. Louis County grand jury decision not to indict Officer Darren Wilson in the shooting death of teenager Michael Brown in Ferguson, MO, the National Association of Social Workers urges reforms that would help end the excessive use of police force. The association also hopes this tragic incident will put increased public attention on the ... Read More »