This social justice brief discusses the root causes triggering migration from Central
America, the humanitarian elements of the issue, and recommendations for a
The Trump Administration implemented a zero-tolerance policy that has had a
devastating impact on the way immigrant families and children are processed at
This episode of NASW Social Work Talks podcast discusses the crisis and politics
around immigration in the United States,
specifically related to the Trump administration's "zero-tolerance"
policy and to children separated from their families at our southern
This Legal Issue of the Month article reviews recent legal policy as enacted by U.S.
Congress, the state of Arizona and related interpretations of the law regarding
immigrants’ eligibility for public benefits, documentation and reporting
The sanctuary city movement has become inextricably tied to U.S. immigration policy.
This brief looks at how the sanctuary city movement evolved.
Immigration laws can often affect child welfare case planning and service delivery.
Social workers are in a position to
immigrant children, youth and families in accessing immigration
assistance and services to ensure their safety, permanency and
Social workers eager to help immigrants who have been separated from their children
have a wealth of resources at their disposal. The truth is one of them.
Advice from Miriam Nisenbaum, MSW, LMSW, ACSW, executive director of the NASW Texas
The purpose of the toolkit is to provide NASW chapters, members, and other entities
with policy information and tools to promote the competency of social workers in the
immigration field, to fight discrimination against immigrants, and to take social
and political action in support of the rights of immigrants.
This NASW Press publication presents a collective vision of multiculturalism and
calls for research
and practice based on the knowledge that individuals cannot be readily
identified by single cultural categories.
NASW members have unlimited access to more than 25 international databases with
thousands of documents from leading research institutions, think tanks and advocacy
NASW Public Statements
NASW has issued many public statements in response to policies and actions that have
threatened the well-being of immigrants, especially child migrants. Several of our
statements are listed below.
Condemns Trump Administration’s Nationwide Removal Raids on Immigrant
(July 15, 2019)
Applauds U.S. Supreme Court Decision to Block 2020 Census Citizenship
(July 3, 2019)
Administration’s proposed mass raids on migrant families misguided,
(June 24, 2019)
NASW takes issue with President Trump's Immigration Executive Order, demands more coherent, humane policy (June 22, 2018)
NASW says plan to separate undocumented immigrant children from their parents is malicious and unconscionable (May 30, 2018)
opposes "citizenship question" on 2020 Census
(April 5, 2018)
opposes President Trump’s Revocation of Temporary Protection Status (TPS)
(January 19, 2018)
says President Trump order to rescind DACA is cruel, unwise and
(September 7, 2017)
NASW Coalition Partners
NASW recognizes the power of national interdisciplinary coalitions to protect human
rights and social injustice. Therefore, we are engaged and valued participants and
leaders in the nation’s most influential immigration advocacy coalitions. These
The Immigration Hub
The Immigration Hub is a national organization of 100+ organizations dedicated to
advancing fair and just immigration policies through strategic leadership,
innovative communications strategies, legislative advocacy and collaborative
The Protecting Immigrant Families (PIF) Campaign is dedicated to providing more
community-facing materials on public charge to help better equip immigrants with
what they need to know to make the best decision for themselves and for their
Leadership Conference on Civil and Human
Rights Immigration Task Force
The Leadership Conference’s founders came together in 1950 out of the belief that
the fight for civil rights could not be won by one group alone but needed to be
waged in coalition. Its membership has grown to more than 200 organizations