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NASW Illinois Chapter Statement on the death of Pamela Knight

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The NASW-Illinois Chapter expresses its deepest condolences to the family of Pamela Knight. Ms. Knight died last week as a result of injuries suffered during an attack on her in September 2017 while working to protect children in her capacity as an investigator for the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS). Every day social workers across the United ... Read More »

Women’s March Witness: “It was immediately clear the participants had a sense of purpose”

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Mel Wilson, LCSW, MBA, social justice and human rights manager at the National Association of Social Workers, attended the Women’s March of 2018 in Washington, D.C. He wrote about his experience: The Women’s March of 2018, drew hundreds of thousands of marchers to major cities nationwide such as Washington, DC, New York City, Chicago, Los Angeles, Milwaukee, Denver, Dallas, and Montgomery, ... Read More »

Update on NASW’s Modernization Initiative

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As we begin the new year, it seems like a good time to provide an update on the Association’s ongoing Modernization Initiative.  We’re pleased to report that the implementation of the initiative is proceeding, for the most part, according to schedule.  We are now in the middle of the second phase of this three-phase implementation and are beginning to realize ... Read More »

NASW files amicus brief in same-sex marriage cake case, supports legal protections from discrimination for people who are LGBT

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The National Association of Social Workers (NASW) partnered with the American Psychological Association on the amicus brief in Masterpiece Cakeshop, Ltd. v. Colorado Civil Rights Commission. The U.S. Supreme Court case addresses the validity of Colorado’s anti-discrimination statute which prevents commercial businesses from discriminating on the basis of sexual orientation, in addition to other attributes such as race and religion. In ... Read More »

Call Congress today to stop the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act!

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On December 2 the Senate passed its version of H.R. 1: Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (51 Republicans voted in favor, while all Senate Democrats and Republican Senator Bob Corker (R-TN) voted against).  On Monday, December 4th, the House of Representatives agreed to the motion to go to conference by a vote of 222-192.  Seven House Republicans joined the Democratic caucus ... Read More »

On World AIDS Day, NASW again says it is committed to preventing new infections, raising awareness

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The theme for World Aids Day 2017 on December 1 will be “Increasing Impact through Transparency, Accountability, and Partnerships.”   In elaborating on the theme Ambassador Deborah L. Birx, the U.S. Global AIDS Coordinator and U.S. Special Representative for Global Health Diplomacy at the U.S. Department of State, said, “We now have the unprecedented opportunity to change the course of the pandemic. This brings with it ... Read More »

NASW welcomes introduction of International Violence Against Women Act

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STATEMENT: The National Association of Social Workers (NASW) has joined other members of the Coalition to End Violence Against Women and Girls Globally to welcome the introduction of the International Violence Against Women Act (IVAWA) in the Senate. The legislation was introduced by Sens. Jeanne Shaheen (D-N-H), Susan Collins (R-ME), Robert Menendez (D-NJ) and Johnny Isakson (R-GA). IVAWA makes ending violence ... Read More »

In aftermath of church mass shooting, NASW calls for sensible gun control laws, public health emergency declaration

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WASHINGTON, D.C. — The nation once again is grieving over the deaths of innocent people in a mass shooting. Last Sunday 26 churchgoers from the small Texas town of Sutherland Springs were massacred and several others still cling to life. The youngest victim at the First Baptist Church of Sutherland Springs was just 18 months old. The latest mass shooting is ... Read More »

NASW joins nation’s leading researchers on aging, work and family issues in calling on Congress to create paid family and medical leave

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During National Family Caregivers Month in November the National Association of Social Workers (NASW) is joining the nation’s leading researchers on aging, work and family issues to send a first-of-its-kind letter to Congress urging lawmakers to address the rapidly growing demand for care. These experts are calling on Congress to quickly pass a comprehensive, inclusive national policy like the Family ... Read More »

NASW STATEMENT: Legislation, policies needed to prevent and end culture of sexual harassment, violence

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The United States over the past few weeks has been engaged in a national discussion stemming from accusations about sexual harassment and sexual assault against women. Based on reports, these acts involved egregious disregard of the human rights and dignity of women. The national outcry spoke to the fact that sexual abuse—in all forms—is an affront to all Americans, not ... Read More »