Advocacy

The National Association of Social Workers Commends the Department of Justice on the Smart on Crime Initiative

The National Association of Social Workers (NASW) commends Attorney General Eric Holder and the Department of Justice (DOJ) on the August 12, 2013 announcement of the Smart on Crime initiative.  Among other things, the initiative proposes to end mandatory minimum sentences for non-violent drug offenders and prioritize more appropriate alternative sentencing, such as drug rehabilitation programs. The Smart on Crime ... Read More »

House Farm Bill Does Not Include SNAP Benefits

On July 11, we summarized the status of the House version of the Farm Bill.  Many Democrats opposed that version because the SNAP cuts were too severe in their view, while some Republicans objected because they believed the cuts were not severe enough.  Recently, consideration of this measure became even more contentious.  The House has indeed passed a Farm Bill ... Read More »

Supplemental Nutrition Food Assistance Update

On June 20, in a surprise to most observers, the U.S. House of Representatives rejected a sweeping Farm Bill that was widely expected to pass.  The Farm Bill is the government’s most comprehensive tool for regulating agriculture nationwide, and has always included SNAP, or Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program.  SNAP is commonly referred to as food stamps.  Even though the bill ... Read More »

Social Security Administration Issues New Rules on Gender Designation

In late June, the Social Security Administration (SSA) published new rules that make it easier for the estimated 700,000 transgender Americans to update their Social Security records to reflect their gender designation. Under the new rules, a transgender person can change their gender on their Social Security records in one of two ways: either by submitting government-issued documentation reflecting a ... Read More »

In aftermath of Supreme Court ruling, NASW urging members to work to restore voters’ rights

The National Association of Social Workers (NASW) is concerned a recent U.S. Supreme Court decision could be a major setback to voters’ rights and voter protections. NASW urges the U.S. Congress to pass laws to restore voter protections and is asking its 140,000 members to work with grassroots organizations to preserve voting rights. In addition, NASW is part of the Leadership ... Read More »

U.S. Supreme Court Decision – Impact on LGBT Rights

June is Pride Month and two recent U.S. Supreme Court decisions are creating a positive response in support of LGBT equity.  On June 26, 2013, the  Court struck down a key provision of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) as unconstitutional (U.S. v. Windsor) and made a procedural ruling in Hollingsworth v. Perry (re: Proposition 8) that now allows the ... Read More »

Supreme Court: NGO Anti-Prostitution Pledge violates freedom of speech

On Friday, June 21, 2013, the United States Supreme Court ruled that USAID  vs.  AOSI  violates the First Amendment.  Chief Justice John Roberts, who wrote the legal opinion, wrote “freedom of speech prohibits the government from telling people what they must say”. Referred to as the “anti-prostitution pledge”,  the policy stated that in order for any non-governmental organizations (NGOs) to ... Read More »

June is LGBT Pride Month

On June 1, 2013, President Obama issued a Proclamation for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) Pride Month.  The proclamation outlined the important legislative changes that advance LGBT equity.  NASW members have provided a strong voice in supporting the Administration’s decisions to extend hate crimes protections to include attacks based on sexual orientation or gender identity, the repeal of  “Don’t ... Read More »

Take Action on Elder Abuse: Comment on National Priorities & Raise Awareness

Join NASW in commemorating World Elder Abuse Awareness Day (WEAAD), an observance of the International Network for the Prevention of Elder Abuse, this month. Visit the WEAAD resource library for information and ideas about how to plan a program in your community. Schedule a viewing of a WEAAD program addressing governmental and United Nations perspectives on elder abuse on Friday, ... Read More »