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NASW Calls on Senate to Confirm Debo Adegbile as Assistant Attorney General Feb 18th, 2014
Debo Adegbile. Photo courtesy of BET.com. The U.S. Senate will soon decide whether to confirm Debo Adegbile to serve as assistant attoney general in charge of the Department of Justice Civil Rights Division. The National Association of Social Workers (NASW) is one 75 organizations that signed a letter to Senate leadership urging confirmation of Adegbile. NASW is  also active in the Debo Nomination Coalition. There... 
NASW hopes U.S. Supreme Court will uphold safety zones around reproductive health facilities Jan 9th, 2014
The National Association of Social Workers and its Massachusetts Chapter are closely watching the U.S. Supreme Court case McCullen v. Coakley and hope the court will rule in favor of keeping safety buffer zones around reproductive health care facilities in Massachusetts. The court on Jan. 15 will hear oral arguments on whether the law is constitutional. A ruling is expected by spring or early summer. Buffer zones such... 
In aftermath of Supreme Court ruling, NASW urging members to work to restore voters’ rights Jul 2nd, 2013
The National Association of Social Workers (NASW) is concerned a recent U.S. Supreme Court decision could be a major setback to voters’ rights and voter protections. NASW urges the U.S. Congress to pass laws to restore voter protections and is asking its 140,000 members to work with grassroots organizations to preserve voting rights. In addition, NASW is part of the Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights,... 
Supreme Court: NGO Anti-Prostitution Pledge violates freedom of speech Jun 24th, 2013
On Friday, June 21, 2013, the United States Supreme Court ruled that USAID  vs.  AOSI  violates the First Amendment.  Chief Justice John Roberts, who wrote the legal opinion, wrote “freedom of speech prohibits the government from telling people what they must say”. Referred to as the “anti-prostitution pledge”,  the policy stated that in order for any non-governmental organizations (NGOs) to receive federal... 
Human Rights and the Judiciary Dec 18th, 2012
The elections are over, and it’s time to examine how these results will affect the judiciary branch of government: U.S. Supreme Court The lower courts (such as the Appeals Courts) Special Courts (such as U.S. Tax Courts) Court Support Organizations (such as the U.S. Sentencing Commission) Including the nine Supreme Court Justices, there are 874 judgeships in the judiciary branch—all of whom are appointed by the... 
Court ruling supports NASW friend of the court brief Nov 28th, 2012
The New Jersey Supreme Court in September ruled in favor of requiring greater specificity from prosecutors when they seek to waive youth into the adult criminal court system. The ruling is a victory for NASW and other organizations that joined in filing an amicus brief in the case State in the Matter of V.A. The brief, which was led by the New Jersey Institute for Social Justice, argued that minority youths are waived... 
Supreme Court Rules on other cases important to social work Sep 10th, 2012
By Paul R. Pace, News staff In addition to upholding the Affordable Care Act, the U.S. Supreme Court in June handed down decisions in two other cases that are important to NASW and social workers. The high court struck down the majority of Arizona’s immigration policy that critics charged as being excessive. NASW’s Legal Defense Fund facilitated NASW’s participation in amicus curiae briefs in legal challenges to... 
Affordable Care Act promises good things, faces hurdles Sep 5th, 2012
By Rena Malai, News staff Social workers celebrated on June 28 when the U.S. Supreme Court ruled to uphold President Obama’s Affordable Care Act, which paves the way for more than 30 million uninsured people to have health care coverage. The landmark ruling also has the potential to create more jobs for social workers. But the law — most of which should be in place by 2014 — still faces hurdles, as many governors... 
NASW’s Betsy Clark Answers ACA Decision Questions Jun 28th, 2012
Elizabeth J. Clark, PhD, ACSW, MPH is CEO of the National Association of Social Workers Q: The ACA was upheld, but experts predict an avalanche of new enrollees in 2014, which will overwhelm our health care system. What should be done? Dr. Clark: Between 30-40 million new enrollees means that, among other issues, we need to think about using health care providers in such a way that everyone practices at the top of their... 
NASW Celebrates U.S. Supreme Court Decision to Uphold Affordable Care Act Jun 28th, 2012
Social Workers Believe Law Can Improve the Lives of Uninsured Populations WASHINGTON, DC (June 28, 2012) The National Association of Social Workers today celebrates the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision to uphold the 2010 Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA).   NASW has been an outspoken advocate for improving health care access, quality, and services for millions of Americans not currently served by the nation’s... 

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