Advocacy

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 »

NASW 2014 CONFERENCE BREAKOUT SESSSIONS ANNOUNCED

forget your ex NASW 2014 CONFERENCE BREAKOUT SESSSIONS ANNOUNCED NASW has a stellar line-up of breakout sessions for the NASW 2014 Conference. Below is a short list of the 100 sessions that will be offered: ? The Power of Happiness: Positive Psychology and its Implications for Treatment ? Recurring Themes in Ethical Social Work Practice: Essential Resources for Even The ... 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 »

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 »