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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 June 1, 2022, Facebook Live Event – Essential Chats with Mit: Keeping Allies in the Room. By Karessa Proctor, MSW What is allyship? Allies (noun): “a person, group, or nation that is associated with another or others for some common cause or purpose. A person who associates or cooperates with another. ... 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 »

How to take part in the March for Voting Rights on August 28, 2021, including virtually

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The National Association of Social Workers (NASW) is an official partner in the August 28, 2021, March on For Voting Rights. Marches will take place virtually and in-person in five flagship cities—Atlanta, Miami, Houston, Phoenix and Washington, D.C.—as well as in other cities across America. We are calling on the nation’s 700,000+ social workers to save the date for the March on ... Read More »

Bridging the Divide through Advocacy

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NASW Virtual Congressional Advocacy Day By Lee Westgate, MSW, MBA, LCSW-C NASW Manager of Policy and Advocacy Social work is sometimes divided into two seemingly disparate worlds: policy and practice. In truth, these are not separate domains. Sound social policy is informed by the voices, the front-line stories, and  insights from practitioners. Advocacy is the means by which we tell ... Read More »