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Brief filed in death penalty post-conviction case

The NASW Legal Defense Fund filed an amicus brief in May on behalf of the association in support of a petition for certiorari in a death penalty post-conviction case. The brief seeks to have the U.S. Supreme Court accept the case, Abdur’Rahman v. Colson, for review. Abu-Ali Abdur’Rahman is on death row because of his counsel’s failure to offer the ... Read More »

Legal Defense Fund 40th: Special content offered

By Rena Malai, News Staff In celebration of its 40th anniversary, the NASW Legal Defense Fund has introduced new content to its web page, and enhanced its fundraising and marketing capabilities to improve services for NASW members. The web page now offers a special 40th anniversary section, where members can view an LDF video project that includes interviews with social ... Read More »

Marriage equality makes headway

By Paul R. Pace, News Staff Marriage equality in the U.S. has enjoyed several milestones so far this year, and NASW has been active in many of these efforts. President Obama’s announcement in May that he supports same-sex marriage was the most high-profile development regarding marriage equality, but there have been other advancements as well. The following is a summary ... Read More »

Grant enables state workforce assessment

By Paul R. Pace, News Staff When it comes to assessing workforce trends, NASW and its chapters assist states and the Bureau of Labor Statistics in reviewing information for accuracy and providing essential feedback from social work stakeholders relating to workforce development efforts. Thanks to a grant that is part of the Affordable Care Act’s workforce planning component, the NASW ... Read More »

HHS department creates Administration for Community Living

By By Paul R. Pace, News Staff A single agency will now oversee the federal efforts previously supported by three entities within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. The Administration on Aging, the Office on Disability and the Administration on Developmental Disabilities are now combined in the new Administration for Community Living, or ACL. The consolidation correlates with ... Read More »

NASW web page addresses veterans, military members support

By Rena Malai, News Staff In its continued support of veterans, military members and their families, NASW has devoted a new page on the NASW website to provide its members with relevant resources. Social workers who work with — or are interested in working with — military members, veterans and their families can visit the page at, where they ... Read More »

Dessai selected for child welfare Congressional fellowship

Social worker Freny Dessai was selected from among a competitive group of applicants for the newly created Social Work Child Welfare Congressional Fellowship, administered through the NASW Foundation’s Social Work Policy Institute, or SWPI. The fellowship offers the opportunity for a professional social worker with experience in child welfare to spend a year on Capitol Hill. It also offers insight ... Read More »

Mental health services can benefit police officers

By Rena Malai, News Staff Former police officer Sonny Provetto clearly remembers being called to a 13-car pileup in his previous role with the police department in Burlington, Vt. And when he drives along the same highway today, he said it still affects him. “The operator was decapitated,” Provetto recalled of one of the drivers. “In the normal realm of ... Read More »

New York State Chapter leads training initiative

By Paul R. Pace, News Staff An effort to improve the skills of social workers and other community mental health professionals in addressing the mental health concerns of returning war veterans and their families has grown into a wide-ranging initiative in New York State. Reinaldo Cardona, executive director of the NASW New York State Chapter, said he and his staff ... Read More »

Fulbright Scholars teach and learn abroad

By Paul R. Pace, News Staff Many social workers have been selected to represent the U.S. in the prestigious Fulbright Scholar Program, which promotes mutual understanding and goodwill among foreign nations. The Fulbright Program is the international educational exchange sponsored by the U.S. government. In operation since 1946, nearly 310,000 people have been awarded the opportunity to study, teach, conduct ... Read More »