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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 »

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 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 »

COVID Vaccine Hesitancy in Communities of Color: A National Concern

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By Mel Wilson, MBA, LCSW NASW Senior Policy Advisor While much of the nation is beginning to return to a degree of normalcy since the start of national COVID vaccine distribution, there are still  nagging and serious barriers to ending the pandemic in the United States. One major barrier is vaccine hesitancy in communities of color – especially among Black and Brown ... 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 »

NASW expert guides social workers on using intuition in their practices

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National Association of Social Workers  member Bette Freedson is a clinical social worker in South Berwick, Maine. She recently authored the book Other Realms, Other Ways: A Clinician’s Guide to the Magick of Intuition.” We talked to Freedson about how social workers can incorporate intuition into their work with clients: Q: You come from a background of psychic reading. What role ... Read More »