Social Work Advocates Magazine

NASW takes part in International AIDS Conference

By Paul R. Pace, News staff NASW hosted a discussion July 24 in the LGBT Networking Zone at the 2012 International AIDS Conference in Washington, D.C. Speakers from various disciplines gathered for the session called “LGBTI Human Rights: Building Capacities through National and International Associations and Federations.” The event was open to anyone at the conference’s Global Village section. Attendees ... Read More »

Hill rally supports passage of Violence Against Women Act

By Rena Malai, News staff NASW staff members took part in a Capitol Hill rally in June to advocate for the reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act (S.1925), as the House’s version of the bill contains language that leaves out the LGBT population, Native Americans and undocumented immigrants. As a member of the Leadership Conference on Civil and Human ... Read More »

Stroud appointed to ASI board of directors

By Rena Malai, News staff Diana Stroud was appointed to the NASW Assurance Services (ASI) board of directors in July, replacing  Paul D’Agustino, whose term expired. “Paul was a terrific leader, and was instrumental in helping to launch ASI during his term,” said Tony Benedetto, ASI’s executive vice president. D’Agustino is now chairman of NASWIC. Stroud, MSW, is the assistant ... Read More »

International social work organizations meet in Sweden

By Paul R. Pace, News staff NASW leaders joined social workers from around the world at the Joint World Conference of Social Work and Social Development, held in July in Stockholm. The theme for the global event was “action and impact.” It brought together the three major global social work organizations: the International Association of Schools of Social Work, the ... Read More »

Jill Biden announces NASW’s commitment to Joining Forces initiative

By Laetitia Clayton, News staff Dr. Jill Biden, wife of Vice President Joe Biden and a lifelong educator, spoke to social workers during NASW’s national Hope conference in July about their role in helping service members, veterans and their families cope with the effects of war — and she announced NASW’s commitment to support and advance this role. NASW has ... Read More »

Supreme Court Rules on other cases important to social work

By Paul R. Pace, News staff In addition to upholding the Affordable Care Act, the U.S. Supreme Court in June handed down decisions in two other cases that are important to NASW and social workers. The high court struck down the majority of Arizona’s immigration policy that critics charged as being excessive. NASW’s Legal Defense Fund facilitated NASW’s participation in ... Read More »

Hope is key message of NASW conference

By Paul R. Pace and Rena Malai, News staff Nearly 1,000 social workers from 12 countries carried home the message that “social work is the profession of hope” from NASW’s national practice conference “Restoring Hope: The Power of Social Work.” The gathering, held July 22-25 in Washington, D.C., provided an opportunity to learn, network and renew social workers’ commitment to ... Read More »

Affordable Care Act promises good things, faces hurdles

By Rena Malai, News staff Social workers celebrated on June 28 when the U.S. Supreme Court ruled to uphold President Obama’s Affordable Care Act, which paves the way for more than 30 million uninsured people to have health care coverage. The landmark ruling also has the potential to create more jobs for social workers. But the law — most of ... Read More »

NASW active at Association of Oncology Social Work’s annual conference

NASW News blog exclusive: NASW Senior Practice Associate Stacy Collins participated in three presentations at the Association of Oncology Social Work’s 28th annual conference May 30 to June 1 in Boston. In the session “The Importance of Advocacy Leadership for Oncology Social Workers,” Collins was joined by Carol Trust, executive director of the NASW Massachusetts Chapter. They discussed the status ... Read More »