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NASW Co-hosts Congressional Briefing on the Rights of Parents with Disabilities

On April 17, 2013 NASW co-hosted a Congressional briefing with the National Council on Disabilities (NCD), American Psychological Association (APA), and Child Welfare League of America (CWLA) titled, Rocking the Cradle: Protecting the Rights of Parents with Disabilities and Their Children. The briefing focused on the barriers persons with disabilities experience when they exercise their fundamental right to create and ... Read More »

Senate Action on Gun Control Legislation

During the week of April 8, 2013, a vote is scheduled to occur in the Senate on gun control legislation. As part of NASW efforts to reduce gun violence, we have supported and actively worked to pass Senator Dianne Feinstein’s (D-CA) legislation, S. 150, the Assault Weapons Ban of 2013. This act calls for the banning of military-style assault weapons ... Read More »

Violence Against Women Act Must Move Forward

On February 12, the U.S. Senate passed the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) by a comfortable 78-22 margin.  The bill included comprehensive protections for Native American women, women in same-sex marriages, and illegal immigrants, features not included in the 2012 House version of the bill. Now, we are urging the House of Representatives to pass the same version of VAWA ... Read More »

NASW Congratulates Senator Barbara Mikulski on Top Appropriations Seat

Senator and Social Worker Barbara Mikulski (D-MD) has been named Chair of the Committee on Appropriations. She follows after Senator Daniel K. Inouye (D-HI) who died in December. Senator Mikulski will be the first woman to hold this powerful position, which reflects the growing representation of women on Capitol Hill. The Senate Committee on Appropriations is a standing committee which ... Read More »

Ask your Senator to Vote for the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities with No Amendments

The Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) was drafted and adopted by the United Nations in 2006 to assist with the attainment of human rights and equality worldwide. Using the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) as a guide, the CRPD provides a foundation for countries to enact and enforce legislation that recognized the rights of all people ... Read More »

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 »

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 »

National Day of Human Trafficking Awareness: End Modern Day Slavery

In 2009, the U.S. Senate approved a resolution by Senators Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.), John Cornyn (R-Texas), Ben Cardin (D-Md.) and Sam Brownback (R-Ka.) to observe National Slavery and Trafficking Prevention Month from January 1 to February 1.  January 11th has become a National Day of Human Trafficking Awareness.  President Obama declared January 2012 to be National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention ... Read More »

Women and the Unemployment Crisis

The recent drop in unemployment to 8.6 percent was widely greeted with enthusiasm. However, it is important to note which populations actually comprise that figure. Women who maintain families face unemployment rates over 12 percent, and more than five million women over the age of 20 are unemployed. Duration of unemployment is another key factor, with women under 20 needing ... Read More »