Advocacy

NASW on amicus brief that helped lead to favorable ruling in appeals case upholding rights to survivors of sexual assault

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The National Association of Social Workers (NASW) and 30 other women’s right organizations in March 2021 participated in an amicus brief led by the National Women’s Law Center, in support of the Plaintiff-Appellee in Chase v. Nodine’s Smokehouse, Inc., filed in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit.  This case involved the rights of survivors of sexual assault – particularly those ... Read More »

October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month: Here’s What You Should Know

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By Rita Webb In October 1987, the first Domestic Violence Awareness month was observed. Two years later, Congress passed a law making it official. Domestic Violence, a preventable, global and domestic public health problem, does not discriminate and impacts communities worldwide daily. Regardless of age, economic status, sexual orientation, race, nationality, or religion, domestic violence significantly affects individuals, families, and ... Read More »

NASW Urges U.S. Senators to Enact Robust Build Back Better Legislation

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The National Association of Social Workers (NASW) commends the U.S. House of Representatives for its passage of the historic Build Back Better Act. The Senate is now expected to take up this legislation. We urge the Senate to pass a robust package that will advance social well-being, promote health equity, create an inclusive economy and help the nation recover from ... Read More »

Join NASW’s March for Reproductive Rights on Oct. 2

NASW is an official partner in the Women’s March to Mobilize and Defend our Reproductive Rights, October 2, 2021.

The National Association of Social Workers (NASW) is an official partner in the Women’s March to Mobilize and Defend our Reproductive Rights. There are in-person and virtual events nationwide, including a march in Washington, DC on Saturday, October 2, 2021, at Noon EST. Details are below. NASW is calling on the nation’s more than 700,000 social workers to join the Women’s March. ... Read More »

NASW participates in federal court amicus brief to support students of color who allege racial discrimination

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The National Association of Social Workers (NASW) on September 10, 2021, along with 32 other civil rights and public interest organizations, participated in the K.R. v. Duluth Edison Charter Schools amicus brief led by National Women’s Law Center (NWLC). The amicus brief supports four elementary and middle school students of color who allege they were subject to racial taunting and ... Read More »

Join townhall, webinar to learn ways to revive promise of Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program

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Social workers, nurses, teachers and others have been on the frontlines of the pandemic, helping people cope with the health and economic impact of COVID-19. The Public Service Loan Forgiveness program had promised to cancel their student loan debt after 10 years of service, but has failed to deliver. The National Association of Social Workers supports two events that address ... Read More »

Crises in Haiti underscore importance of U.S. asylum program

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By Mel Wilson, MBA, LCSW NASW Senior Policy Advisor Haiti on Aug. 14 was hit with a 7.2 magnitude earthquake that has killed more than 2,000 people and injured more than 12,000.  The true scope of the disaster is unknown and the death toll will likely rise in coming days. Haiti was in crisis before this latest disaster. Haitians have ... Read More »

How to take part in the March for Voting Rights on August 28, 2021, including virtually

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The National Association of Social Workers (NASW) is an official partner in the August 28, 2021, March on For Voting Rights. Marches will take place virtually and in-person in five flagship cities—Atlanta, Miami, Houston, Phoenix and Washington, D.C.—as well as in other cities across America. We are calling on the nation’s 700,000+ social workers to save the date for the March on ... Read More »

Bridging the Divide through Advocacy

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NASW Virtual Congressional Advocacy Day By Lee Westgate, MSW, MBA, LCSW-C NASW Manager of Policy and Advocacy Social work is sometimes divided into two seemingly disparate worlds: policy and practice. In truth, these are not separate domains. Sound social policy is informed by the voices, the front-line stories, and  insights from practitioners. Advocacy is the means by which we tell ... Read More »