Advocacy

Judge’s decision on DACA flawed; Biden Administration seeks appeal, fixes

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By Mel Wilson, MBA, LCSW NASW Senior Policy Advisor The U.S. District Court in Houston on July 16 issued a decision that the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) Program is unlawful, thereby partially halting it. The decision declaring DACA unlawful is based on flawed legal interpretation but more than that it punishes millions of DACA recipients and their families. In essence, the ruling ... Read More »

NASW Joined Biden Officials July 7 for White House Policy Briefing

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  The National Association of Social Workers (NASW) on July 7 co-hosted an exclusive executive briefing with the White House which brought together key Biden-Harris Administration officials and social work leaders. Administration officials provided a real-time update on their key priorities and successes to date including COVID-19 recovery, vaccine uptake, expanding health and mental health care coverage, plans for climate ... Read More »

NASW West Virginia in unique position to help support voting rights

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By Sam Hickman, MSW Executive Director of the National Association of Social Workers West Virginia Chapter The National Association of Social Workers (NASW) West Virginia Chapter, and the other state advocacy groups, are cognizant of our state’s unique position in current national politics, and our role in passing several major pieces of federal legislation. In particular, we are working through multiple ... Read More »

Amazon Endorses MORE Act and no longer testing most Employees for Marijuana

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    By Mel Wilson, MBA, LCSW NASW Senior Policy Advisor Just  days after the Marijuana Opportunity Reinvestment and Expungement Act of 2021(MORE Act) was reintroduced in the U.S. House of Representatives Amazon, the nation’s second largest private employer, announced it will  no longer test most of its 1.3 million employees for marijuana. At the same time, Amazon publicly stated ... Read More »

The Civil Rights Community has a Champion at the Department of Justice

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The National Association of Social Workers (NASW) and the rest of the Civil Rights and Social Justice community should be elated that the nation now has a seasoned and committed head of the Department of Justice’s (DOJ) Civil Rights division. On June 25th, the  Senate confirmed  Kristen Clarke as the first Black woman to lead the Justice Department’s Civil Rights division. ... Read More »

Suppressing Voter Suppression

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April 30, 2021 About Social Work Responds The Association of Social Work Boards, the Council on Social Work Education, and the National Association of Social Workers are committed to collaborating on the range of issues affecting the social work profession and the people and communities we serve. Follow Up The CSWE Commission on Educational Policy and Commission on Accreditation released ... Read More »

Support confirmation of Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson and Attorney Candace Jackson-Akiwumi to federal courts

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By Mel Wilson, MBA, LCSW NASW Senior Policy Advisor The composition of the U.S. federal court system should be a number one priority for those of us who seek a court that is diverse, fair and reflects the value of protecting the human and civil rights of all Americans.  For those reasons, it is important that social workers support the confirmations of ... Read More »

NASW in Supreme Court brief supports student suspended for social media comments made off-campus

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By Elizabeth M. Felton, Esq., LICSW NASW Associate Council Mahanoy Area School District v. B. L., involves the scope of a public-school student’s First Amendment right to free speech that occurs on social media or off campus and the school’s ability to address off-campus speech. The issue of whether public schools can discipline students over something they say off campus ... Read More »

Although relieved by Derek Chauvin verdict, we must keep our eye on reimagining law enforcement

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By Mel Wilson, MBA, LCSW NASW Senior Policy Advisor Like millions of Americans, the National Association of Social Workers (NASW) was relieved with the guilty verdict imposed by the Minnesota jury upon Officer Derek Chauvin for the murder of George Floyd.  Although the verdict was just, it cannot restore Mr. Floyd’s life, nor can this verdict fill the void that ... Read More »

Unaccompanied Migrant Children: A Looming Border Crisis

Crisis at the border: Thousands of unaccompanied minors arrive in U.S.

By Mel Wilson, MBA, LCSW NASW Senior Policy Advisor Shortly after Election Day, the new Biden-Harris Administration announced that immigration reform was one of its highest priorities. President Biden also pledged to rescind the inhumane asylum-seeker policies of the Trump administration ― the “remain in Mexico policy.” In February, the administration announced it would accept unaccompanied children, a reversal of Trump-era ... Read More »