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A message from NASW Interim CEO Janlee Wong on Monterey Park mass shooting

The National Association of Social Workers (NASW) is deeply troubled and saddened yet again by another act of senseless gun violence in California — this time in the agricultural area of Half Moon Bay, about 25 miles south of San Francisco. Monday’s mass shooting comes on the heels of yet another shooting that claimed lives in the Los Angeles community of Monterey Park over the weekend.

NASW has long espoused policies that would not only control weapons that could inflict mass casualties but also increased, assessable and culturally appropriate counseling and therapy services for all populations including those hard to reach as the Asian American and Pacific Islander community.

I urge you to read the statement from the NASW California Chapter on these incidents, which includes resources that social workers can use to support communities affected by gun violence.

In addition, NASW has these resources for social workers:


The National Association of Social Workers (NASW), in Washington, DC, is the largest membership organization of professional social workers. It promotes, develops, and protects the practice of social work and social workers. NASW also seeks to enhance the well-being of individuals, families, and communities through its advocacy.