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Support confirmation of Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson and Attorney Candace Jackson-Akiwumi to federal courts

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By Mel Wilson, MBA, LCSW NASW Senior Policy Advisor The composition of the U.S. federal court system should be a number one priority for those of us who seek a court that is diverse, fair and reflects the value of protecting the human and civil rights of all Americans.  For those reasons, it is important that social workers support the confirmations of ... Read More »

NASW in Supreme Court brief supports student suspended for social media comments made off-campus

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By Elizabeth M. Felton, Esq., LICSW NASW Associate Council Mahanoy Area School District v. B. L., involves the scope of a public-school student’s First Amendment right to free speech that occurs on social media or off campus and the school’s ability to address off-campus speech. The issue of whether public schools can discipline students over something they say off campus ... Read More »

Although relieved by Derek Chauvin verdict, we must keep our eye on reimagining law enforcement

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By Mel Wilson, MBA, LCSW NASW Senior Policy Advisor Like millions of Americans, the National Association of Social Workers (NASW) was relieved with the guilty verdict imposed by the Minnesota jury upon Officer Derek Chauvin for the murder of George Floyd.  Although the verdict was just, it cannot restore Mr. Floyd’s life, nor can this verdict fill the void that ... Read More »

Unaccompanied Migrant Children: A Looming Border Crisis

Crisis at the border: Thousands of unaccompanied minors arrive in U.S.

By Mel Wilson, MBA, LCSW NASW Senior Policy Advisor Shortly after Election Day, the new Biden-Harris Administration announced that immigration reform was one of its highest priorities. President Biden also pledged to rescind the inhumane asylum-seeker policies of the Trump administration ― the “remain in Mexico policy.” In February, the administration announced it would accept unaccompanied children, a reversal of Trump-era ... Read More »

Voter Suppression Legislation is Being Weaponized in many States

Election Voter Suppression

By Mel Wilson, MBA, LCSW NASW Senior Policy Advisor, Social Justice and Human Rights The 2020 national election is four months behind us. In  normal times, the outcomes of the presidential election would have been a settled matter with the newly elected President Biden preparing for his State of the Union address knowing he had won the Electoral College and ... Read More »

NASW Texas calls upon Governor Abbott to maintain mask mandate

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The National Association of Social Workers – Texas Chapter (NASW/TX) is deeply disappointed by Governor Abbott’s decision to remove the mask mandate in Texas. While the Governor does include provisions that allow counties to take additional steps should their hospitalization rates rise, illness and death should not drive our public policy.  Instead, Governor Abbott should follow the guidance of the ... Read More »

Essential and Valued

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Special Edition in honor of Social Work Month February 26, 2021 About Social Work Responds The Association of Social Work Boards, the Council on Social Work Education, and the National Association of Social Workers are committed to collaborating on the range of issues affecting the social work profession and the people and communities we serve. Follow Up CSWE proudly recognized ... Read More »

NASW joins collaboration of mental health groups seeking to improve mental health, substance use care in United States

UnifiedVision

The National Association of Social Workers (NASW) has joined a collaboration of more than 30 mental organizations that have signed onto a Unified Vision, a seven-pillar roadmap developed to address the future of mental health and substance use care in America. “As the nation’s largest provider of mental and behavioral health services, social workers recognize that promoting improved mental health ... Read More »

Report of Police excessive use of Force on a Child is Deeply Troubling and Unacceptable

Community Policing

By Melvin H. Wilson, MBA, LCSW NASW Senior Policy Consultant Social Justice and Human Rights    And Samantha Fletcher, PhD, MSW Executive Director, NASW New York State Chapter Police in Rochester, NY on Jan. 30 used pepper spray and handcuffs to subdue a nine-year-old girl. The incident leading up to this police encounter is reported to have been related to ... Read More »

Social Worker of the Year Zander Keig talks about his hopes for transgender people during Biden Administration

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Coast Guard Veteran Zander Keig, MS, MSW, LCSW, is the National Association of Social Workers Social Worker of the Year. Keig has devoted his entire career to promoting the dignity and health of people who are transgender, living with a mental illness, or serving in our nation’s military. He is currently a senior clinical consultant and is an advanced mental ... Read More »