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Press Release: “Hope Conference” for Social Workers Convenes in Washington this July

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE June 7, 2012                                            “Hope Conference” for Social Workers Convenes in Washington this July National Association of Social Workers event will celebrate the power of hope and resiliency WASHINGTON, D.C. (June 7, 2012) The National Association of Social Workers (NASW) has announced the full program agenda for its “Restoring Hope: The Power of Social Work” national practice conference ... Read More »

Latest on the Violence Against Women Act

On April 26, 2012 the U.S. Senate reauthorized the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) including the provision of expanded protections for Native Americans, immigrants (including undocumented), and the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) community. However, it soon became clear that the Republican lead House of Representatives would not vote for the Senate version of the Act so long as ... Read More »

May 17 – 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 »

NASW Celebrates National Women’s Health Week

Each year on Mother’s Day the US Department of Health and Human Services kicks off National Women’s Health Week. Starting on Sunday, May 13, individuals, communities, and health agencies, among others, will unite in an effort to advocate for women to take control of their health. The 2012 theme is, It’s Your Time. According to the campaign website, organizations will ... Read More »

Update on Violence Against Women Act

On April 26, 2012 the U.S. Senate reauthorized the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) including the provision of expanded protections for Native Americans, undocumented immigrants, and the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) community. However, it soon became clear that the Republican lead House of Representatives would not vote for the Senate version of the Act so long as it ... Read More »

NASW Celebrates President Obama’s Endorsement of Same-Sex Marriage

For the first time in the history of our country a sitting President has publicly announced his personal support for same-sex marriage.  The announcement by President Obama, coming off the heels of the disappointing North Carolina vote to ban same-sex marriages through a constitutional amendment, speaks volumes for the marriage equality movement and ignites hope in the LGBT community. NASW ... Read More »

May is National Foster Care Month

May is National Foster Care Month, a time to raise awareness on the plight of children and youth in the foster care system. There are approximately 400,000 children and youth in foster care because their own families are unable to provide for their essential well-being. In addition, approximately 30,000 young people age out of the foster care system each year ... Read More »

May is National Hepatitis Awareness Month

May 19, 1012 is the first ever Hepatitis Testing Day inthe United States. Since chronic hepatitis often does not cause any symptoms until serious liver damage has been done, testing for hepatitis is crucial. Hepatitis B and Hepatitis C can become chronic, life-long infections which can lead to liver cancer. Millions of Americans are living with chronic viral hepatitis, and ... Read More »

Social workers use film to spotlight social issues

By Greg Wright, News contributor Social worker Matt Anderson became a documentary film producer on a whim. He was working with foster children in Missoula, Mont., when he met Codie, an 18-year-old who had been placed in 17 foster homes in just seven years. Like many former foster children, Codie was struggling to reconnect with family and avoid becoming involved ... Read More »