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  October 29, 2021 It is hard to believe that we are closing in on the end of our second year living with COVID-19. Since March 2020, our three organizations have come together to share resources in Social Work Responds. These newsletters have allowed us to address challenges posed by the pandemic like adjusting to tele-social work, testing delays, or teaching social ... Read More »

NASW, University of Michigan White House field placement paper explores macro policy practice and political social work

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The National Association of Social Workers (NASW) and University of Michigan have released a paper, The White House as a Field Placement Reflections on the Past and a Future for Policy and Political Practice, that features a speech by social worker and White House Fellow Harold Richman. The paper explores macro policy field placements, political social work, and policy practice ... Read More »

NASW joins amicus brief supporting rights of transgender athletes

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The National Association of Social Workers (NASW), along with several other organizations committed to women’s rights, joined the Soule v. CIAC amicus brief led by National Women’s Law Center (NWLC). The brief supported the Connecticut’s Interscholastic Athletic Conference policy that allows K-12 athletes to participate in sports consistent with their gender identity. The Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF), a far-right conservative Christian group, challenged ... Read More »

NASW on amicus brief that helped lead to favorable ruling in appeals case upholding rights to survivors of sexual assault

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The National Association of Social Workers (NASW) and 30 other women’s right organizations in March 2021 participated in an amicus brief led by the National Women’s Law Center, in support of the Plaintiff-Appellee in Chase v. Nodine’s Smokehouse, Inc., filed in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit.  This case involved the rights of survivors of sexual assault – particularly those ... Read More »

October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month: Here’s What You Should Know

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By Rita Webb In October 1987, the first Domestic Violence Awareness month was observed. Two years later, Congress passed a law making it official. Domestic Violence, a preventable, global and domestic public health problem, does not discriminate and impacts communities worldwide daily. Regardless of age, economic status, sexual orientation, race, nationality, or religion, domestic violence significantly affects individuals, families, and ... Read More »

NASW Celebrates National Coming Out Day

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By Lee Westgate, MSW Monday, Oct 11th is National Coming Out Day – a day that honors the enduring advocacy and resiliency of LGBTQIA+ people and communities. First celebrated in the U.S. in 1988, National Coming Out Day emerged in stark contrast to the overtly homophobic and transphobic social and political climate of the time. By 1988, the AIDS epidemic ... Read More »

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 »

Remembering September 11

September 10, 2021 Our nation lost nearly 3,000 lives 20 years ago on Sept. 11, 2001.  As we remember the families, colleagues and communities most devastated by that deadly act of international terrorism on American soil, we also reflect on the series of tragedies that have shaped our world in the last two decades. The horrific events of 9/11 forever ... Read More »

Essential Chats with Mit: Resources from Facebook Live Events

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Here are some of the resources mentioned in the September 10, Facebook Live Event – Essential Chats with Mit: How NASW Leadership Continues Building an Inclusive Community. During this discussion NASW President Mit Joyner and two newly appointed board members: Dr. Alice Kay Locklear, PhD, MSW, ACSW, Region V Director and Bisrat Abebe, LCSW, LICSW, MA, Region I Director discussed ... Read More »