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World AIDS Day 2014 – Focus, Partner, Achieve

President Barack Obama issued a World AIDS Day Proclamation – recognizing December 1st as World AIDS Day.   On Monday, December 1, 2014, The White House will honor this worldwide observance of  World AIDS Day using the  theme: Focus, Partner, Achieve: An AIDS-Free Generation.   Today’s observance at The White House will be tele-cast live starting at 12:00 noon EST. Earlier this year, ... Read More »

NASW Statement on Ferguson Grand Jury Decision

With the issuance of the St. Louis County grand jury decision not to indict Officer Darren Wilson in the shooting death of teenager Michael Brown in Ferguson, MO, the National Association of Social Workers urges reforms that would help end the excessive use of police force. The association also hopes this tragic incident will put increased public attention on the ... Read More »

A Social Work Response to Solitary Confinement

In recent years, there has been a growing national movement to challenge the practice and premise for using solitary confinement as a method of behavioral control in the nation’s prisons, jails and juvenile facilities.The strong opposition to solitary confinement is primarily based on questions about the belief that use of such practices is a clear human rights violation. Before we ... Read More »

President Obama’s Immigration Action Step in the Right Direction

The National Association of Social Workers applauds President Obama’s decision to issue an executive action that will likely lead to as many as five million previously undocumented immigrants to be able to remain in the United States. This action was very meaningful to immigrant families with children who were born in the United States (and are therefore U.S. citizens) and to ... Read More »

NASW staff say fight against poverty key topic at Tanzania Association of Social Workers meeting

National Association of Social Workers (NASW) senior staff members joined up to a hundred Tanzanian social workers on Oct. 27-31 for the Tanzanian Association of Social Workers (TASWO) annual meeting. NASW Deputy Director of Programs Heidi McIntosh, MSW, and NASW Manager of Social Justice and Human Rights Mel Wilson, LCSW, MBA, were not there simply to observe the process. They ... Read More »

Q&A offers info on becoming Affordable Care Act Certified Application Counselor

The National Association of Social Workers on October 16 hosted a webinar with the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, the Council on Social Work Education, and the Society for Social Work Leadership in Health Care on the topic of social workers serving as a Certified Application Counselor (CAC). These counselors would help enroll people during the second Affordable Care ... Read More »

Read Justice Brief for Update on NASW Activities Regarding Ferguson

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It has been more than two months since a policeman in Ferguson, MO, shot and killed unarmed African American teenager Michael Brown, sparking protests in that city and around the nation. Despite the tragedy the National Association of Social Workers and other organizations see the incident as opportunity to end police profiling of people of color and apply best practices ... Read More »

NASW CEO Angelo McClain letter gives ACA Update

Dr Angelo McClain

Dear Colleagues: On Thursday the National Association of Social Workers (NASW)  joined a small group of key leaders— 16 national organizations—at the White House to discuss Affordable Care Act (ACA) implementation with Obama Administration officials. The agenda for the meeting included the overall ACA, the upcoming open-enrollment period, and how NASW might be able to help the  Obama Administration increase ... Read More »

October is Juvenile Justice Awareness Month. Learn how you can help bring about reform

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The National Association of Social Workers (NASW) is working with other organizations to the end the practice of trying, sentencing and jailing youth under age 18 in the adult criminal justice system. That is why NASW wants to make you aware that October is Youth Justice Awareness Month (YJAM). Throughout this month there are opportunities for communities, families, youth and ... Read More »

Report highlights how anti-gay laws can drive LGBT people, families into poverty

Discrimination is not just harming the emotional well-being of Americans who are lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender (LGBT). Discrimination also hurts their pocketbooks and makes it more likely they will live in poverty, according to a new report done in partnership with the National Association of Social Workers (NASW). Paying and Unfair Price: The Financial Penalty of Being LGBT in ... Read More »