Advocacy

NASW members joining Voting Rights rally in Roanoke, Va. on June 25

National Association of Social Workers (NASW) members on Thursday June 25 will travel to Roanoke, Virginia’s Elmwood Park to join civil rights groups and voting rights advocates in a rally to restore the Voting Rights Act (VRA). June 25 markets the second anniversary of the Supreme Court’s Shelby County v. Holder decision that gutted the 1965 Voting Rights Act. The ... Read More »

World Elder Abuse Awareness Day 2015

Posted June 13, 2015 Did you know that at least one in 10 older adults living in the United States experiences abuse, neglect, or exploitation every year—and that, for every reported case of elder mistreatment, an estimated 23 cases go unreported? Such mistreatment can manifest as neglect or self-neglect; emotional, psychological, physical, or sexual abuse; financial abuse and exploitation; and ... Read More »

NASW updates Position Statement on Sexual Orientation Change Efforts (SOCE)

As advocacy efforts have grown, both for and against the use of sexual orientation change efforts (SOCE) and conversion therapy, so has the need to educate clients and communities about the impact of these practices on individuals and families, and the implications for social work practice. To help guide practice, the National Association of Social Workers (NASW) has issued a ... Read More »

Provide Public Comment – U.S. National HIV/AIDS Strategy

The U.S. Office of National AIDS Policy (ONAP) is seeking community input for the National HIV/AIDS Strategy to better inform the updated 2016-2020 National HIV/AIDS Strategy (NHAS). During April, ONAP convened meetings with community members, service providers, and state and local health departments as part of a series of regional forums being held across the country. Now through May 22, ... Read More »

NASW responses to death of Freddie Gray, police reforms

National Association of Social Workers (NASW) chapters and officials are reacting to the death of Freddie Gray while in custody of Baltimore City police, the resulting civil unrest, and the charges filed against six police officers in connection with Gray’s death. Here are NASW responses: We are horrified and deeply saddened by the circumstances which led to his death.  We ... Read More »

White House Office of National AIDS Policy to host National HIV/AIDS Strategy Regional Forums

The U.S. Office of National AIDS Policy (ONAP) is convening meetings with community members, service providers, and state and local health departments as part of a series of regional forums being held across the country to better inform the updated 2016-2020 National HIV/AIDS Strategy (NHAS).   The forums each focus on a specific goal of the NHAS, with the next two ... Read More »

Tips for Social Workers: Resources for sexual assault survivors in the military

The Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network (RAINN) is the nation’s largest anti-sexual violence organization and employs many social workers. The organization partnered with the National Association of Social Workers (NASW) during its 2014 National Conference Film Festival to provide social workers with information on addressing clients who were sexually assaulted while in the military during the screening of the ... Read More »

NASW applauds expanded Medicare coverage to include routine HIV testing

The National Association of Social Workers (NASW) applauds the implementation of a final decision by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) to expand coverage to provide for routine screening and testing for HIV infection for all individuals between the ages of 15 and 65 years covered by Medicare. Routine access to testing will increase the number of persons ... Read More »