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Capitol Hill briefing focuses on racial equity

By Paul R. Pace, News staff Social workers involved in advancing racial equity reinforced the need for the social work profession to be at the forefront of eradicating institutional racism, during a recent congressional briefing on Capitol Hill. NASW sponsored the briefing, titled “Achieving Racial Equity: Social Workers as Agents of Change,” in March in conjunction with the Congressional Social ... Read More »

Capitol Hill briefing focuses on children at risk

By Rena Malai, News staff NASW co-hosted a Capitol Hill briefing with the Congressional Social Work Caucus in October to discuss the challenges of helping children in the child welfare system. Joan Levy Zlotnik, director of the NASW Social Work Policy Institute, moderated the briefing, titled “Children at Risk: Optimizing Health in an Era of Reform.” Rep. Edolphus “Ed” Towns, ... Read More »

Hill rally supports passage of Violence Against Women Act

By Rena Malai, News staff NASW staff members took part in a Capitol Hill rally in June to advocate for the reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act (S.1925), as the House’s version of the bill contains language that leaves out the LGBT population, Native Americans and undocumented immigrants. As a member of the Leadership Conference on Civil and Human ... 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 »

Congressional Social Work Caucus Celebrates One-Year Anniversary

On Tuesday evening, members of the Congressional Social Work Caucus (CSWC) came together for a reception hosted in the U.S. House of Representatives Rayburn House Office building. This event featured CSWC chair Rep. Edolphus ‘Ed’ Towns (New York-10) who emphasized the key role of the CSWC and the importance of supporting the Dorothy I. Height and Whitney M. Young, Jr. ... Read More »

News from the Hill – May 2011

Thanks to our Advocates, NASW Advocacy Days Were a Success NASW is pleased to announce that our virtual advocacy days were a great success! Hundreds of social workers from across the country contacted their Senators and Representatives in support of the Dorothy I. Height and Whitney M. Young, Jr. Social Work Reinvestment Act (S. 584/H.R. 1106). At the same time, ... Read More »

News from the Hill – March 2011, Second Edition

Social Work Reinvestment Act Reintroduced! Support Your Profession Today. While the nation struggles with an economic recession, social workers are the professionals who will primarily keep society’s social safety net intact. We provide the services that will help people maintain employment, shelter, food, and other life-sustaining services during this difficult time. We also care for the aging baby boomers, children ... Read More »

News from the Hill – March 2011, First Edition

Social Work Reinvestment Act Reintroduced in 112th Congress The Dorothy I. Height and Whitney M. Young, Jr. Social Work Reinvestment Act (HR 1106/S. 584) was reintroduced on World Social Work Day, March 15, 2011.  This legislation was first introduced in the 110th Congress, and was important then. It is now even more timely and critical. We are asking for your ... Read More »

News from the Hill – January 2011

CAPTA Reauthorization Bill Signed Into Law On December 20, President Obama signed into law the Child Abuse Prevention and Treatment Reauthorization Act of 2010 (CAPTA), formerly S. 3817. The law promotes the use of differential response in child protective services, gives special attention to the co-occurrence of child maltreatment and domestic violence, and sharpens the prevention focus of the community-based ... Read More »

News from the Hill – July 2010, Second Edition

Political Climate We’re approaching a crucial time in any election cycle: the deadline for federal candidates to report their second quarter fundraising figures.  By July 15, everyone running for Congress must tell the Federal Elections Commission how much they’ve raised through June 30. This is important for a few reasons.  For one, we’ll know how much money individuals have raised ... Read More »