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October 11, 2012 National Coming Out Day Oct 9th, 2012
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... 
Interested in becoming a Red Cross Disaster Mental Health Volunteer? Aug 28th, 2012
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 the session.  Session Number:... 
Supreme Court Rules on Arizona Immigration Law Jun 26th, 2012
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 Arizona’s immigration policy that many saw as being excessive... 
White House Announces Significant Change in Immigration Policy Jun 15th, 2012
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 Department of... 
May 17th – International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia May 17th, 2012
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 environment of discrimination... 
SAVE-THE-DATE – AUGUST 13 -22, 2012 for an Interdisciplinary Practice in Hospice and Palliative Care Delegation to South Africa May 14th, 2012
Don’t miss this unique professional exchange opportunity for Hospice and Palliative Care Professionals Consider a once-in-a-lifetime experience: a custom-designed delegation on practice in hospice and palliative care traveling to Durban and Cape Town, South Africa in August 2012. Please click here for more delegation details. People to People Citizen Ambassador Delegations are unique. For nearly 50 years, we have... 
Globally social workers have a critical role in combating HIV/AIDS stigma and discrimination. Apr 2nd, 2012
Stigma and discrimination are universally experienced by persons living with and affected by HIV/AIDS.   It has been determined that homophobia, stigma, and discrimination negatively affect the health and well-being of clients and communities, and can result in the added burden of stress and health disparities. Experienced on the personal or individual and community level, stigma is an obstacle to prevention, care and... 
United Nations International Women’s Day – March 8, 2012 Mar 8th, 2012
Background International Women’s Day (March 8, 2012) is recognized around the globe as a day to celebrate the economic, political and social achievements of women past, present and future. International Women’s Day provides the opportunity to celebrate the achievement of women around the globe, raise awareness of women’s issues, and inspire people to continue to fight for women’s rights. The Role of Social... 
Civil rights and quality of care are intertwined. Feb 27th, 2012
The Health and Human Services (HHS) Office for Civil Rights (OCR) recently held a Listening Session on LGBT and HIV/AIDS Issues.  The meeting, comprised of stakeholders from LGBT organizations and HIV/AIDS organizations, as well as larger membership organizations such as the National Association of Social Workers (NASW), was convened by Director, Leon Rodriquez.  During the meeting, Director Rodriquez stressed the OCR’s... 
Gary Bailey on Global Youth Unemployment Feb 13th, 2012
Gary Bailey, the President of the International Federation of Social Workers and a Professor at Simmons College, recently took part in a television panel on global youth unemployment on Chinese television. Click here to listen. Panel Discussion: Gary Bailey, the President of the International Federation of Social Workers and a Professor at Simmons College. Ann Herbert, the Director of the International Labor Organization’s... 

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