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NASW Responds to Shootings in Minnesota, Louisiana and Texas; again urges policing reforms

NASW STATEMENT: The National Association of Social Workers (NASW) is appalled by the police shootings of Alton Sterling and Philando Castile and again urges reforms that would help end racial profiling and excessive use of police force and improve relations between police and the communities they serve. It is also important that we express how deeply NASW is upset about ... Read More »

NASW applauds U.S. Supreme Court ruling that struck down restrictive Texas abortion clinic laws

NASW STATEMENT: The National Association of Social Workers (NASW) applauds the Supreme Court’s decision on June 27 to strike down Texas’ stringent laws concerning abortion clinics. The importance of the Supreme Court’s 5-3 ruling in Whole Woman’s Health v. Hellerstedt should not be understated. The high court’s action conforms with and affirms prior decisions that guarantee women’s rights to control ... Read More »

World Elder Abuse Awareness Day 2016

Posted June 25, 2016 At least 5 million older adults reports experiencing abuse, neglect, or exploitation every year (Administration for Community Living, 2016, 2016)—and many more cases of elder maltreatment go unreported. Such mistreatment can manifest as neglect or self-neglect; emotional (psychological), physical, or sexual abuse; financial (or material) exploitation; and abandonment. Recognizing both the magnitude of this problem and ... Read More »

NASW disappointed by U.S. Supreme Court Immigration Ruling

    NASW STATEMENT: The U.S. Supreme Court on June 23 failed to act on deciding the fate of millions of undocumented families whose legal status had been in limbo since Texas challenged President Obama’s executive action which sought to limit the risk of deportation of parents of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA). The President’s executive action, referred to ... Read More »

June is Pride Month

LGBT Pride Month is commemorated through events held annually throughout June. The 2016 Pride Month will be forever remembered as a time of threats, violence and hateful rhetoric and posturing; the impact has been and will continue to be felt across communities and across the globe. Historically, members of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender community have long been subjected to ... Read More »

Social Work Groups in Connecticut form alliance to advance, promote school social workers

The Connecticut Association of School Social Workers (CASSW) and National Association of Social Workers, Connecticut Chapter (NASW/CT) are very pleased to announce the formation of the Alliance of School Social Workers of NASW/CT. The Alliance, which has been in discussion for over a year, between CASSW and NASW/CT, creates a unified approach to the advancement and protection of school social ... Read More »

NASW Statements on Orlando Mass Shooting

NASW STATEMENT The nation awoke on June 12 to the worst case of a single person committing mass murder with a gun in its history. A gunman killed 49 people and injured more than 50 at Pulse, an Orlando nightclub that serves a predominately LGBTQ clientele. Most of the victims were also Latino. Compounding such a horrific loss of life ... Read More »

Older Americans Month 2016: Blaze a Trail

Posted May 5, 2016 Older Americans Month: A Time to Celebrate Each May, NASW joins organizations across the United States in celebrating Older Americans Month (OAM). Begun in 1963 and currently led by the Administration for Community Living (ACL), the observance acknowledges older adults’ contributions to society and raises awareness about issues facing older adults. The theme for OAM 2016 ... Read More »

NASW takes steps to help influence international drug policy

The United Nations General Assembly Special Session (UNGASS) on international drug policy was held April 18-21. This UNGASS brings together the international community and member countries of the United Nations to discuss principles and strategies to address the problem of drug use and drug trafficking throughout the world. However, much of the agenda and discussions centered on the international crisis ... Read More »