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Overturning Roe v. Wade will disproportionately affect people of color; Here is what social workers should know

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By Mel Wilson, LCSW, MBA The leaked report of a draft Supreme Court ruling to completely overturn the seminal abortion rights opinion Roe v. Wade sent shockwaves throughout the country. While most reproductive health and other social justice advocates expected the conservative-leaning court would “gut” Roe v. Wade, they did not anticipate the absolute evisceration of the law. In that Roe ... Read More »

NASW joins amicus brief that helps bring favorable ruling for female employee in case involving harassment, discrimination in federal court

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The National Association of Social Workers (NASW) and 41 other public interest and civil rights organizations on Aug. 26, 2021 committed to gender justice and participated in an amicus brief led by the Purple Campaign, National Women’s Law Center, and Legal Momentum in support of Jane Roe v. United States et. al. (now Caryn Devins Strickland v. United States et. ... Read More »

NASW, American Psychological Association filed amicus brief challenging death penalty case of Melissa Lucio

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The National Association of Social Workers (NASW) and American Psychological Association (APA) on April 18 filed an amicus brief in support of a challenge to the death penalty case of Melissa Lucio, who is scheduled to be executed in Texas on April 27  as a result of a false confession. Our amicus brief provided research on the various interrogation techniques ... Read More »

NASW joins court amicus brief to support singer, songwriter Kesha in Dr. Luke’s defamation lawsuit

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The National Association of Social Workers (NASW) and 30 other organizations joined an amicus brief led by the National Women’s Law Center (NWLC) in the case Gottwald v. Sebert.  The case was filed in the New York Court of Appeals in support of singer and songwriter Kesha who was sued for defamation by her  former producer, Dr. Luke, who sexually abused ... Read More »

NASW joins amicus brief to support sexual harassment survivor from University of Arizona

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The National Association of Social Workers (NASW) and 30 other organizations on April 4 joined an amicus brief led by the National Women’s Law Center (NWLC) in support of the petition to the U. S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit to rehear en banc the sex-based harassment case of Brown v. Arizona. En banc means all judges of the court would hear the ... Read More »

April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month

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April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month, which recognizes the importance of families, providers, and communities working together to strengthen families to prevent child abuse, neglect, and abandonment. Social workers are play a key role in supporting families and helping them to access resources that help them to mitigate risks and minimize stress, creating a thriving environment where both child ... Read More »

NASW joins amicus brief in case that challenges discriminatory school discipline laws in South Carolina

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The National Association of Social Workers (NASW) and several other organizations joined an amicus brief led by the National Women’s Law Center  (NWLC) and its co-leads, the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), National Disability Rights Network (NDRN), and the National Center for Youth Law (NCYL) in support of a case brought by the American Civil Liberties Union ... Read More »

Making Time to Talk About Alcohol Use

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By Diana Ling, MA and Leslie Sirrianni, LCSW Four in five adults who reported being asked about their alcohol use at a checkup in the past two years and reported current binge drinking were not counseled to reduce their drinking, according to a recent Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) report. Looking closer at the data, just 14 percent ... Read More »

Join us for a Virtual Congressional Briefing: Improving Student Success through H.R. 7037

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Join us for a Virtual Congressional briefing on the School Social Workers Improving Student Success Act (H.R. 7037).  The legislation recognizes the critical need for more school social workers to help improve student success. WHEN: Wednesday, March 30 from 11 to noon EDT WHERE: Registration Link PROGRAM: Video Remarks from Congresswoman Gwen Moore (WI-04-D) Moderator is Talia Rosen, Legislative Assistant, Office of ... Read More »

NASW joined ACLU to get temporary restraining order in Texas transgender child case

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BACKGROUND: Texas attorney general Paxton issued a legal opinion that said gender affirming treatment/procedures constitute child abuse. Based on that legal opinion, Texas Governor Abbott instructed DCPS to conduct CPS investigations on any of these “abusive” gender affirming procedures.  The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) requested a temporary restraining order (TRO) in district court to prevent Texas DCPS from conducting ... Read More »