Tag Archives: Advocacy

NASW Still Supports Passage of Violence Against Women Act

In May, we updated you on the Senate’s reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA).  Now, there is a possibility of the bill failing if the House and Senate are unable to reconcile differences between their two bills.  The House bill excludes members of the LGBT community and reduces protections for Native American women as well as immigrants.  It ... Read More »

Educational Debt Advocacy: A Student’s Path to the White House

Recently, I had the opportunity to attend an event at the White House to see President Obama make a statement about student loan debt.  My invitation to the White House occurred because I reached out to the organization, Campus Progress, and volunteered to work at their Student Debt Day.  By volunteering, I was given the opportunity, along with other student ... Read More »

June is PRIDE Month

June is PRIDE Month.   On June 1, 2012, President Obama issued a Proclamation for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Pride Month, accompanied by a video message of support. The National Association of Social Workers is committed to advancing policies and practices that will improve the status and wellbeing of all lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people.      NASW has long held ... Read More »

Social workers use skills on the Hill

By Rena Malai, News Staff The political bug can bite anyone — even a social worker. That’s what happened to NASW member Kristen Pendergrass. “I graduated with my MSW in 2008, about the time of the Obama campaign,” said Pendergrass, who is the legislative aide to Massachusetts state Rep. Thomas P. Conroy. “The political bug bit me.” Christie Getto Young, ... Read More »

NASW Supports the Paycheck Fairness Act

While women constitute 51 percent of the population of the United States, they experience disparate treatment.  There continues to be a gender gap in earnings between men and women.  Household income varies dramatically and women, and women-headed households, are more likely to live in poverty.  Social work is a female-majority profession and women are the majority of clients served by ... 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 »

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 »

The Violence Against Women Act Reauthorization

The Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) is expected to come up for reauthorization in the Senate next week.  (We previously wrote about this bill back in January.)  The protections the reauthorized bill would offer for all women, regardless of their circumstances, are crucial.  VAWA establishes a comprehensive network of cost-effective standards that keeps women safe, holds perpetrators accountable, and saves money ... Read More »

NASW Celebrates Rep. Towns’ Decades of Congressional and Professional Service

Congressman Edolphus Towns (NY-10) has been an unwavering advocate for the profession of social work throughout his 15-term tenure in the United States House of Representatives and NASW celebrates his lifelong career of service to others. Congressman Towns, as a professional social worker with an MSW from Adelphi University, has devoted his life to addressing issues of inequality and social ... Read More »