Tag Archives: Texas

NASW, American Psychological Association filed amicus brief challenging death penalty case of Melissa Lucio

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The National Association of Social Workers (NASW) and American Psychological Association (APA) on April 18 filed an amicus brief in support of a challenge to the death penalty case of Melissa Lucio, who is scheduled to be executed in Texas on April 27  as a result of a false confession. Our amicus brief provided research on the various interrogation techniques ... Read More »

Immigration Social Work: Big Ideas From Texas

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By Peter Craig If there was ever a perfect place to study immigration social work—especially in light of the ongoing influx of migrants into the U.S.—it would have to be Texas. So how are different social work schools there addressing this increasingly important subject area? Special coursework on immigration would seem a natural, but the subject is already baked into ... Read More »

NASW in Texas court case to reinstate injunction that supports transgender youth and their families

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The Texas Attorney General Paxton on Feb. 18 released a non-binding legal opinion, stating that, under certain circumstances, gender affirming care (GAC) procedures that are not medically necessary could “constitute child abuse.”  In response, The National Association of Social Workers (NASW) Texas Chapter released a statement and NASW’s national office also released a statement in support of transgender youth and their ... Read More »

NASW joined ACLU to get temporary restraining order in Texas transgender child case

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BACKGROUND: Texas attorney general Paxton issued a legal opinion that said gender affirming treatment/procedures constitute child abuse. Based on that legal opinion, Texas Governor Abbott instructed DCPS to conduct CPS investigations on any of these “abusive” gender affirming procedures.  The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) requested a temporary restraining order (TRO) in district court to prevent Texas DCPS from conducting ... Read More »

NASW President: Association stands in solidarity with transgender people in aftermath of Texas directive

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A message from National Association of Social Workers (NASW) President Mildred “Mit” Joyner “NASW condemns Texas Gov. Greg Abbott’s direction of the Department of Family and Protective Services to implement Attorney General Ken Paxton’s opinion and to actually treat age-appropriate medically necessary gender affirming treatment as child abuse. The Texas attempt to change the definition of child abuse are in ... Read More »

NASW makes TV appearances during Social Work Month

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It’s Social Work Month and NASW officials are doing interviews around the nation about the important work of social workers. Watch TV interviews with NASW South Carolina President-Elect Dr. Macie Smith and NASW Texas Branch Chair Shanna Rogers and a “Manic Monday” appearance by the NASW Maryland chapter on WJZ-TV in Baltimore to promote Social Work Month and social workers ... Read More »

NASW Updates on Hurricane Harvey and Irma

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NASW TEXAS CHAPTER: In accordance with section 418.016 of the Texas Government Code, the Office of the Governor temporarily suspends all necessary statutes and rules to allow health care providers employed by a hospital and licensed and in good standing in another state to practice in Texas in order assist with the Tropical Depression Harvey disaster response operations.  Hospitals must ... Read More »