International Social Work

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 »

Global Violence Prevention – Contagion of Violence Workshop

The Forum on Global Violence Prevention of the Institute of Medicine of the National Academies convened a two-day public workshop that looked at the contagious nature of violence, the relationship between the contagion of violence and epidemics of violence, and how contagions of violence can be prevented or ended. Held in April 2012, the workshop summary is now available online. ... Read More »

NASW Denounces Ugandan “Anti-Homosexuality Bill”

The National Association of Social Workers (NASW-USA) denounces the Parliament of the Republic of Uganda for continuing to consider, and scheduling a vote on, the “Anti-Homosexuality Bill.” This bill, if passed, will further stigmatize the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) citizens of Uganda and put their human rights at risk.  The “Anti-Homosexuality Bill” in the Ugandan Parliament could set ... Read More »

Red Cross Disaster Mental Health Webinar Scheduled for November 9th

Interested in becoming a Red Cross Disaster Mental Health Volunteer? A Red Cross Foundations of Disaster Mental Health (FDMH) Webinar has been scheduled for Friday, November 9, 2012;  2:00 pm – 5:00 pm, Eastern Standard Time (New York, GMT-05:00). Topic: Foundations of Disaster Mental Health To Register: Go to https://americanredcross.webex.com enter the session number and click “Join” to register.  Once ... Read More »

October 11, 2012 National Coming Out Day

Every day, social workers  are  actively working to promote LGBT equity.  NASW and its chapters participate in coalition with other human rights, social action, and professional associations to advance the rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender persons.  National Coming Out Day provides an opportunity to learn more about the diversity of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender communities. Discrimination and ... Read More »

Interested in becoming a Red Cross Disaster Mental Health Volunteer?

A Red Cross Foundations of Disaster Mental Health (FDMH) Webinar has been scheduled for Wed Aug 29, 2012 3pm – 6 pm EST. Topic: Foundations of Disaster Mental Health To Register: Go to https://americanredcross.webex.com enter the session number and click “Join” to register.  Once you are approved by the host, you will receive a confirmation email with instructions for joining ... Read More »

Supreme Court Rules on Arizona Immigration Law

Two major policy and legal decisions on immigration in the United States have been issued in the past two weeks. The first was the June 15 Obama administration’s policy directive to stop deportations of many children and young adults of undocumented parents. The second was the June 25 Supreme Court decision which effectively struck down much of the state of ... Read More »

White House Announces Significant Change in Immigration Policy

President Obama announced important news on the issue of immigration about which the social justice and human rights community, including NASW, is excited. As reported today by most major media outlets: “The Obama administration announced on Friday that it would no longer seek the deportation of most young illegal immigrants, a significant policy shift with potentially major electoral implications. The ... Read More »

May 17th – International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia

International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia (or IDAHO) is an opportunity to draw attention to the inequities experienced by lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender persons every day and in every part of the world.  It is also a day to recognize and continue the progress that has been made towards achieving LGBT rights. Heterosexism, homophobia, biphobia, and transphobia create an ... Read More »