Advocacy

Update on Violence Against Women Act

On April 26, 2012 the U.S. Senate reauthorized the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) including the provision of expanded protections for Native Americans, undocumented immigrants, and the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) community. However, it soon became clear that the Republican lead House of Representatives would not vote for the Senate version of the Act so long as it ... Read More »

NASW Celebrates President Obama’s Endorsement of Same-Sex Marriage

For the first time in the history of our country a sitting President has publicly announced his personal support for same-sex marriage.  The announcement by President Obama, coming off the heels of the disappointing North Carolina vote to ban same-sex marriages through a constitutional amendment, speaks volumes for the marriage equality movement and ignites hope in the LGBT community. NASW ... Read More »

The Violence Against Women Act Reauthorization

The Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) is expected to come up for reauthorization in the Senate next week.  (We previously wrote about this bill back in January.)  The protections the reauthorized bill would offer for all women, regardless of their circumstances, are crucial.  VAWA establishes a comprehensive network of cost-effective standards that keeps women safe, holds perpetrators accountable, and saves money ... Read More »

Special White House Event: Girls in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM)

From PublicEngagement@epa.gov Special Announcement The White House Council on Women and Girls On Tuesday, April 24th, 2012, from 10:30am to 11:30am EDT, The White House Council on Women and Girls will host a special White House event on girls in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM). This event is designed to inspire girls to study STEM subjects and pursue STEM ... Read More »

NASW Celebrates Rep. Towns’ Decades of Congressional and Professional Service

Congressman Edolphus Towns (NY-10) has been an unwavering advocate for the profession of social work throughout his 15-term tenure in the United States House of Representatives and NASW celebrates his lifelong career of service to others. Congressman Towns, as a professional social worker with an MSW from Adelphi University, has devoted his life to addressing issues of inequality and social ... Read More »

Equal Pay for Equal Work: Much More than a Nuisance

April 17 is Equal Pay Day. That date marks the amount of time women must work each year before their pay catches up with men’s compensation for the same job. The signing of the Lilly Ledbetter Act in 2009 helped, as that legislation provided victims of discrimination a broader timeframe in which to seek legal remedies. However, it did not ... Read More »

Globally social workers have a critical role in combating HIV/AIDS stigma and discrimination.

Stigma and discrimination are universally experienced by persons living with and affected by HIV/AIDS.   It has been determined that homophobia, stigma, and discrimination negatively affect the health and well-being of clients and communities, and can result in the added burden of stress and health disparities. Experienced on the personal or individual and community level, stigma is an obstacle to prevention, ... Read More »

Benefits of the ACA – New Resources

Friday, March 23 marks the two-year anniversary of the passage of the nation’s health care law, the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and next week the U.S. Supreme Court will hear arguments on whether it is constitutional, with a ruling expected early this summer.  Social workers strongly support the law because it makes vital improvements to health care access, quality and ... Read More »

NASW member Alice Kitchen Receives “Champions of Change” Award at White House

On March 21st, the White House honored ten Champions of Change  – including NASW member Alice Kitchen of Kansas City – who are dedicated to improving access to health care. These individuals are helping others in their community understand the impact and opportunities from the health care law, the Affordable Care Act. “The President’s health law gives hard working, middle-class ... Read More »