News Releases


Dec 06, 2017

WASHINGTON, D.C. - The National Association of Social Workers (NASW), a membership organization of more than 120,000 members with a long history of advocating for the nation’s most vulnerable and underrepresented populations, is writing in opposition to the confirmation of Don Willett to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit.  Judge Willett, a justice on the Texas Supreme Court since 2005, has held radical positions that have impinged on the rights of vulnerable and marginalized Americans throughout his career, both on and off the bench, and NASW opposes this federal lifetime appointment to the Fifth Circuit...

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Nov 28, 2017

WASHINGTON, D.C. - As a member of the broad national community of advocates for economic justice and equity for low and moderate income Americans, the National Association of Social Workers (NASW) is opposed to the Tax Cut and Jobs Act.  This bill, as written, would produce a windfall for the “super rich” while decimating safety-net programs that serve low-income elderly, children and families. The tax cut bill was recently passed by the House of Representatives and it is now in the hands of the Senate. The Senate’s version of the tax bill, which retains the massive tax cuts for businesses and the wealthy, ...

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Nov 21, 2017

WASHINGTON, D.C. - The theme for World Aids Day 2017 on December 1 will be “Increasing Impact through Transparency, Accountability, and Partnerships.”   In elaborating on the theme Ambassador Deborah L. Birx, the U.S. Global AIDS Coordinator and U.S. Special Representative for Global Health Diplomacy at the U.S. Department of State, said, "We now have the unprecedented opportunity to change the course of the pandemic. This brings with it the obligation to ensure that our resources are being used in the most efficient and effective ways and are having the greatest possible impact. Accountability and tran...

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Nov 16, 2017

WASHINGTON, D.C. - The National Commission on Correctional Health Care (NCCHC) welcomes Melvin H. Wilson, MBA, LCSW, to its board of directors as the liaison of the National Association of Social Workers. The appointment took effect November 5 during the NCCHC board meeting. Wilson has worked for NASW since 2006 and for the past five years has served as senior manager in the department of social justice and human rights. In that role, he is in charge of developing and implementing activities related to criminal justice, juvenile justice, immigration reform, economic justice and voting rights. He has extensive experience working with nat...

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Nov 15, 2017

Association urges Congress to quickly pass legislation to empower women, girls, communities and nations to end violence   WASHINGTON, D.C. -- The National Association of Social Workers (NASW) has joined other members of the Coalition to End Violence Against Women and Girls Globally to welcome the introduction of the International Violence Against Women Act (IVAWA) in the Senate. The legislation was introduced by Sens. Jeanne Shaheen (D-N-H), Susan Collins (R-ME), Robert Menendez (D-NJ) and Johnny Isakson (R-GA). IVAWA makes ending violence against women and girls a top diplomatic, development, and foreign assistance priority by...

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Nov 08, 2017

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- The nation once again is grieving over the deaths of innocent people in a mass shooting. Last Sunday 26 churchgoers from the small Texas town of Sutherland Springs were massacred and several others still cling to life.  The youngest victim at the First Baptist Church of Sutherland Springs was just 18 months old. The latest mass shooting is even more incomprehensible when we realize that just a month ago a shooter gunned down more than 50 people in Las Vegas, Nevada.  Again, similar to nearly all the mass shootings in this country, the weapon of choice was a semi-automatic assault rifle.   As the Natio...

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Nov 07, 2017

During National Family Caregivers Month, NASW is urging lawmakers to address the rapidly growing demand for care.

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Oct 31, 2017

President Trump on Oct. 26 officially declared that the opioid crisis engulfing the United States to be a public health crisis. This followed a recommendation from the June 2017 interim report from President's Commission on Combating Drug Addiction and the Opioid Crisis, which strongly recommended that the opioid crisis be declared an emergency.

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Oct 26, 2017

Dear Social Work Colleagues - First, I want to thank you for your interest in yesterday’s webinar on the 2017 updates to the NASW Code of Ethics. Second, as the Director of the NASW Office of Ethics and Professional review and host of the webinar, I want to personally offer my deepest apology to you.

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Oct 24, 2017

The United States over the past few weeks has been engaged in a national discussion stemming from accusations about sexual harassment and sexual assault against women. Based on reports, these acts involved egregious disregard of the human rights and dignity of women. The national outcry speaks to the fact that sexual abuse — in all forms — is an affront to all Americans, not just the victims.

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