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Tag Archives: National Association of Social Workers

Police shootings demonstrate need for social workers to press for reforms

Recent, highly publicized cases of police using deadly force against people of color, including the shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Mo. on Aug. 9,  underscore the need for the social work profession to call for reforms in the nation’s law enforcement systems. This issue is important for the profession, which has a long history of working to end all ... Read More »

NASW Unaccompanied Migrant Children Social Justice Brief: What Social Workers can do to address the crisis

The United States is grappling with a massive influx of more than 60,000 children and teenagers who have migrated to the United States from Central American, particularly El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras. Many of these children are fleeing gang violence and extreme poverty in their home countries. Others are the victims of drug traffickers and sex trafficking/sexual violence or are being ... Read More »

NASW-Massachusetts statement on Supreme Court Buffer Zone ruling

The National Association of Social Workers – Massachusetts Chapter (NASW-MA) and NASW’s national headquarters in Washington, D.C. are disappointed by a United States Supreme Court ruling on Thursday that unanimously overturned the Massachusetts law that created a 35-foot buffer zone around health clinics offering abortion services.  The Court stated that establishing these zones infringed on the First Amendment rights of ... Read More »

NASW partnering with Selective Service System to ensure youth do not miss opportunities

Did you know millions of young men miss out on important opportunities because they fail to register for the Selective Service? The National Association of Social Workers (NASW) has partnered with the Selective Service System to help inform young men — and especially at-risk young men — of the requirement to register with Selective Service when they turn 18. NASW ... Read More »

Social work practice update: CDC releases practice guidelines for pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP)

  Recent clinical trials have proven that a daily dose of pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) can significantly reduce the transmission of HIV among populations at higher risk of contracting the disease. As a result of these findings, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) on Wednesday released the first practical clinical guidelines for PrEP, with the recommendation that PrEP be ... Read More »

Learn about postpartum depression during Maternal Mental Health Awareness Month

May is Maternal Mental Health Month Awareness Month.  This is a good time for social workers and the public to become more educated on postpartum depression among women. It is conservatively estimated that more than 600,000 women in the United States experience depression and anxiety during pregnancy or within a year of childbirth.  In fact, postpartum depression is the top complication ... Read More »

NASW: Nation must do more to address racism in aftermath of Sterling incident

The National Association of Social Workers (NASW) applauds NBA Commissioner Adam Silver for imposing a lifetime ban and $2.5-million fine on Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling for making racist and demeaning remarks about African Americans. However, NASW recognizes more work must be done to end racism that is deeply ingrained in our nation’s social systems, communities and institutions, including ... Read More »

Administration Begins to Fulfill Promise to Shorten Certain Drug Sentences

President Obama and Attorney General Eric Holder have begun to make good on their promise to reform criminal justice sentencing reform and encourage sensible drug policies. A first step toward sentencing reform began with Holder’s March 13, 2014 announcement of a new policy intended to shorten sentences for certain federal drug offenders. Just weeks later on April 20 Holder announced ... Read More »