The social work profession was founded in social change. Through the profession’s history, social workers have sought to ensure that all people have equal access to the resources and opportunities that allow them to meet their basic needs. The Public Policy Department at NASW upholds this challenge by advocating for the Association to members of Congress and regulatory agencies that so often hold the authority in their hands to influence policy. NASW has developed a Policy Agenda, which asserts the Association’s advocacy priorities for the legislative cycle. NASW’s Policy Agenda is consistent with the NASW policies in Social Work Speaks that is developed by members of the Association at Delegate Assembly.

Legislative Advocacy Network

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NASW's Public Policy staff is fighting hard to make the voice of professional social workers heard on Capitol Hill. The most effective way to express our ideas and vision, however, is through our members. Having a network of professional social workers willing to contact their members of Congress - via letter, e-mail, or office visits regarding specific issues is essential, ensuring that NASW's public policy agenda is addressed in the Senate and House of Representatives.

Legislative Issues

Learn about NASW’s key issues and about NASW's positions on these issues.

Transition Document to the Trump Administration

Building on Progressive Priorities: Sustaining Our Nations Safety Net

NASW provided a document to the Obama Administration after his re-election which covers a variety of issue areas of interest to social workers and our clients.

Political Action for Candidate Election

NASW-PACE is the political action arm of NASW. As a political action committee, NASW-PACE endorses and contributes to candidates from any party who support NASW's Policy Agenda.



NASW Social Justice Priorities:

NASW Sets Social Justice Priorities for Upcoming Year

Voting Rights:

Social Work Groups Join Forces with Rock the Vote to Register Voters

Social Justice Brief: Voting Rights Update

Criminal Justice

Social Justice Brief: Gun Violence in the American Culture

NASW calls for policing reforms in aftermath of shootings in Oklahoma, North Carolina

NASW issues statement on Baton Rouge Police Shootings

NASW issues statement on shootings in Minnesota, Louisiana and Texas

NASW reacts to Orlando Massacre

NASW Congratulates President Obama’s Executive Actions to Reduce Gun Violence

Social Justice Brief: Solitary Confinement: A Clinical Social Work Perspective

Social Justice Brief: The Role of Racial Profiling in Encounters with Law Enforcement

Social Justice Brief: National Implications for Disparities in the Criminal Justice System

Juvenile Justice

October is Juvenile Justice Month: Learn How You Can Bring About Reform

First-Time Violent Juvenile Offenders: Probation, Placement and Recidivism

In Aftermath of South Carolina Incident, Schools should consider hiring Social Workers, not Police


NASW Social Justice Brief: Intersection of Sanctuary Cities, National Immigration Policies, and Child Welfare Policies & Practice in the Trump Era

NASW disappointed by U.S. Supreme Court Ruling on President Obama Immigration Order

Social Justice Brief: Unaccompanied Migrant Children: Overview and Recommendations

Economic Justice and Equity

On 20th Anniversary NASW disappointed TANF not meeting goal to “end welfare as we know it”

NASW disappointed by anti-LGBT legislation

Social Justice and Health

NASW commends Senate for Passing Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act (CARA)

Social Justice Brief: Opiates in Our Backyard: Implications for Drug Policy

Social Justice

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  • Juvenile Justice
  • Economic Justice and Equity
  • Health
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