Advocacy

NASW is an Official Partner of the Poor People’s Campaign

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[Updated Below] The National Association of Social Workers (NASW) has joined as an official partner of the Poor People’s Campaign (PPC). The guiding principles of the PPC include a commitment to the preservation of democracy, to lifting up and deepening the leadership of those most affected by systemic racism and institutionalized oppression, and to elevating up the essential needs of ... Read More »

NASW joins amicus brief to support sexual harassment survivor from University of Arizona

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The National Association of Social Workers (NASW) and 30 other organizations on April 4 joined an amicus brief led by the National Women’s Law Center (NWLC) in support of the petition to the U. S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit to rehear en banc the sex-based harassment case of Brown v. Arizona. En banc means all judges of the court would hear the ... Read More »

NASW joins amicus brief in case that challenges discriminatory school discipline laws in South Carolina

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The National Association of Social Workers (NASW) and several other organizations joined an amicus brief led by the National Women’s Law Center  (NWLC) and its co-leads, the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), National Disability Rights Network (NDRN), and the National Center for Youth Law (NCYL) in support of a case brought by the American Civil Liberties Union ... Read More »

Immigration Social Work: Big Ideas From Texas

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By Peter Craig If there was ever a perfect place to study immigration social work—especially in light of the ongoing influx of migrants into the U.S.—it would have to be Texas. So how are different social work schools there addressing this increasingly important subject area? Special coursework on immigration would seem a natural, but the subject is already baked into ... Read More »

Join us for a Virtual Congressional Briefing: Improving Student Success through H.R. 7037

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Join us for a Virtual Congressional briefing on the School Social Workers Improving Student Success Act (H.R. 7037).  The legislation recognizes the critical need for more school social workers to help improve student success. WHEN: Wednesday, March 30 from 11 to noon EDT WHERE: Registration Link PROGRAM: Video Remarks from Congresswoman Gwen Moore (WI-04-D) Moderator is Talia Rosen, Legislative Assistant, Office of ... Read More »

NASW in Texas court case to reinstate injunction that supports transgender youth and their families

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The Texas Attorney General Paxton on Feb. 18 released a non-binding legal opinion, stating that, under certain circumstances, gender affirming care (GAC) procedures that are not medically necessary could “constitute child abuse.”  In response, The National Association of Social Workers (NASW) Texas Chapter released a statement and NASW’s national office also released a statement in support of transgender youth and their ... Read More »

NASW joined ACLU to get temporary restraining order in Texas transgender child case

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BACKGROUND: Texas attorney general Paxton issued a legal opinion that said gender affirming treatment/procedures constitute child abuse. Based on that legal opinion, Texas Governor Abbott instructed DCPS to conduct CPS investigations on any of these “abusive” gender affirming procedures.  The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) requested a temporary restraining order (TRO) in district court to prevent Texas DCPS from conducting ... Read More »

NASW President: Association stands in solidarity with transgender people in aftermath of Texas directive

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A message from National Association of Social Workers (NASW) President Mildred “Mit” Joyner “NASW condemns Texas Gov. Greg Abbott’s direction of the Department of Family and Protective Services to implement Attorney General Ken Paxton’s opinion and to actually treat age-appropriate medically necessary gender affirming treatment as child abuse. The Texas attempt to change the definition of child abuse are in ... Read More »

NASW joins amicus on timing of Equal Rights Amendment

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The National Association of Social Workers (NASW) and the ERA Coalition, along with numerous women-centered advocacy groups and organizations that work against sex-based discrimination and violence, on January 10, 2022 participated in an amicus brief supporting the view that Article V of the U.S. Constitution did not intend to recognize a time limit on the ratification process of the Equal ... Read More »