Advocacy

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 »

NASW supports the Obama Administration call to ban the use of conversion therapy for youth

The National Association of Social Works (NASW) applauds the Obama Administration for clearly stating “this Administration supports efforts to ban the use of conversion therapy for minors.” NASW reaffirms its stance against reparative therapy and other sexual orientation change efforts (SOCE) designed to change sexual orientation or to refer clients to practi­tioners or programs that claim to do so. NASW ... Read More »

NASW Chapters Respond to Anti-LGBT measures in California, Indiana

National Association of Social Workers chapters are responding to a new law in Indiana and a proposed bill in California that would discriminate against people from the LGBT community. Public outcry over these laws has already prompted change, with Indiana Gov. Mike Pence on Thursday approving changes to the Religious Freedom Restoration Act so businesses cannot discriminate against gays and ... Read More »

NASW Indiana Response to the Religious Freedom Restoration Act

      Recently, the Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA) was signed into law in Indiana. Following its passage, there has been a strong and immediate reaction regarding its potential use and the message it sends about our state’s values at a national level. A vast array of businesses, academic institutions, religious groups and human rights advocates have stated their ... Read More »

Report: LGBT women at higher risk of living in poverty

Lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) women are more likely to be at risk of poverty in the United States, thanks to discriminatory laws, according to a report released today by the Movement Advancement Project (MAP) and the Center for American Progress (CAP). The National Association of Social Workers is one of 17 organizations that is a partner on the ... Read More »

NASW Statement on Senator Barbara Mikulski Retirement Announcement

Sen. Barbara Mikulski (D-MD) on March 2 announced she will not seek reelection and will retire in 2016. The National Association of Social Workers (NASW) thanks Mikulski for her 38 years of leadership in Congress and for her strong and unwavering support of the social work profession and issues important to social workers. With almost two years remaining before her ... Read More »

Reports: Despite higher visibility people who are transgender still face huge barriers

People who are transgender are becoming more visible in American society. Transgender activist and actress Laverne Cox, who appears on the hit Netflix series “Orange is the New Black,” made the cover of Time. And Chaz Bono, the only child of well known entertainers Sonny and Cher, made an Oprah Winfrey Network documentary about his transition from female to male. ... Read More »

NASW Social Justice Brief offers Recommendations to End Racial Profiling and Mitigate Use of Force by Police

Recent cases involving the injury or deaths of people of color during encounters with law enforcement officers have put more attention on racial profiling, according to the National Association of Social Workers (NASW) Social Justice Brief The Role of Racial Profiling in Encounters with Law Enforcement. Studies show people are more likely to stop people of color for traffic violations, ... Read More »