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NASW Calls on Senate to Confirm Debo Adegbile as Assistant Attorney General

The U.S. Senate will soon decide whether to confirm Debo Adegbile to serve as assistant attoney general in charge of the Department of Justice Civil Rights Division. The National Association of Social Workers (NASW) is one 75 organizations that signed a letter to Senate leadership urging confirmation of Adegbile. NASW is  also active in the Debo Nomination Coalition. There are several important ... Read More »

Upcoming Changes in Social Security Services

Social Security this year is making service changes that could affect social workers and their clients. Beginning August 2014 Social Security will no longer issue Social Security number printouts at its field officials. Individuals who need proof of their Social Security number and cannot find their card must apply for a replacement card. Starting in October 2014, Social Security field ... Read More »

NASW Participates in Roundtable on Justice System Reforms

On December 19, 2013, President Obama announced his list presidential pardons of persons in the criminal justice system. In addition to the 13 pardons issued, President Obama commuted the prison terms of eight people convicted on federal crack cocaine charges. Most significantly, the president’s stated reason for his decision is that these individuals were punished under laws that permitted unfair ... Read More »

World AIDS Day – December 1st

The message for World AIDS Day 2013 is “Shared Responsibility: Strengthening Results for an AIDS-Free Generation”.  World AIDS Day is about increasing awareness, fighting stigma and discrimination, improving education, and advocating for access to care, treatment, and support. For social workers worldwide – World AIDS Day provides the opportunity to engage others in a critical global health issue.  Across practice areas, social ... Read More »

U.S. Supreme Court Decision – Impact on LGBT Rights

June is Pride Month and two recent U.S. Supreme Court decisions are creating a positive response in support of LGBT equity.  On June 26, 2013, the  Court struck down a key provision of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) as unconstitutional (U.S. v. Windsor) and made a procedural ruling in Hollingsworth v. Perry (re: Proposition 8) that now allows the ... Read More »

Supreme Court: NGO Anti-Prostitution Pledge violates freedom of speech

On Friday, June 21, 2013, the United States Supreme Court ruled that USAID  vs.  AOSI  violates the First Amendment.  Chief Justice John Roberts, who wrote the legal opinion, wrote “freedom of speech prohibits the government from telling people what they must say”. Referred to as the “anti-prostitution pledge”,  the policy stated that in order for any non-governmental organizations (NGOs) to ... Read More »

June is LGBT Pride Month

On June 1, 2013, President Obama issued a Proclamation for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) Pride Month.  The proclamation outlined the important legislative changes that advance LGBT equity.  NASW members have provided a strong voice in supporting the Administration’s decisions to extend hate crimes protections to include attacks based on sexual orientation or gender identity, the repeal of  “Don’t ... Read More »

Strengthening the Social Service Workforce: The Global Social Service Workforce Alliance Celebrates its Launch

NASW is pleased to announce the launch of the Global Social Service Workforce Alliance. “The social service workforce is a critical workforce for creating protective environments for healthy development and well-being and tackling poverty, promoting social justice, ensuring protection from violence, abuse, exploitation, neglect and providing needed services to care for and support those who need it most,”  commented Ummuro ... Read More »

CMS Seeks Social Work Input on the Design and Operation of Federally-Facilitated and State Partnership Health Insurance Exchanges

[This announcement applies to social workers in the following states: Alaska, Alabama, Arkansas, Arizona, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Iowa, Illinois, Indiana, Louisiana, Kansas, Maine, Michigan, Missouri, Mississippi, Montana, North Carolina, North Dakota, Nebraska, New Hampshire, New Jersey, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Virginia, Wisconsin, West Virginia, and Wyoming.] From April 29 to May 3, the Centers ... Read More »

Senate Action on Gun Control Legislation

During the week of April 8, 2013, a vote is scheduled to occur in the Senate on gun control legislation. As part of NASW efforts to reduce gun violence, we have supported and actively worked to pass Senator Dianne Feinstein’s (D-CA) legislation, S. 150, the Assault Weapons Ban of 2013. This act calls for the banning of military-style assault weapons ... Read More »