Advocacy

Report highlights how anti-gay laws can drive LGBT people, families into poverty

Discrimination is not just harming the emotional well-being of Americans who are lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender (LGBT). Discrimination also hurts their pocketbooks and makes it more likely they will live in poverty, according to a new report done in partnership with the National Association of Social Workers (NASW). Paying and Unfair Price: The Financial Penalty of Being LGBT in ... Read More »

NASW joins letter to Obama urging police reforms in aftermath of Ferguson shooting

The National Association of Social Workers has joined more than 1,300 other organizations and individuals in signing a letter urging the Obama Administration to make reforms to end police violence in light of the shooting of an unarmed African American teenager in Ferguson, Mo. The letter was published in the Washington Post. Others who have signed the letter include social worker ... Read More »

Police shootings demonstrate need for social workers to press for reforms

Recent, highly publicized cases of police using deadly force against people of color, including the shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Mo. on Aug. 9,  underscore the need for the social work profession to call for reforms in the nation’s law enforcement systems. This issue is important for the profession, which has a long history of working to end all ... Read More »

Supporting Families with LGBTQI2-S Youth

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The National Association of Social Workers is a member of the SAMHSA LGBTQI2-S workgroup, ensuring that the voice of social workers are part of programming and policy discussions. Join a nation-wide webisode sponsored by the Substance Abuse Mental Health Services Administration, today at 2:00 pm EST.  The Webisode will highlight culturally relevant research, explore ways that communities, social workers and ... Read More »

NASW Unaccompanied Migrant Children Social Justice Brief: What Social Workers can do to address the crisis

The United States is grappling with a massive influx of more than 60,000 children and teenagers who have migrated to the United States from Central American, particularly El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras. Many of these children are fleeing gang violence and extreme poverty in their home countries. Others are the victims of drug traffickers and sex trafficking/sexual violence or are being ... Read More »

Addressing discrimination towards LGBT families at the state and federal level

Ending discrimination at the state-level: On July 29th, the Commonwealth of Virginia became the newest state to join the ‘changing landscape’ of marriage equality in the United States.   The 31 states that continue to have restrictions on marriage to include “one man and one woman”  are those in which state law or constitutional amendment is currently being challenged or the ... Read More »

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 »