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NASW is pleased to name Eric Alva as the 2008 Public Citizen of the Year for his courage in his military career and his advocacy for fellow military personnel who are gay.
A Congressional hearing, “Caring for the Vulnerable: The State of Social Work in America,” is scheduled for Tuesday, July 29 at 3:00 EST in the Committee Hearing Room of the 2175 Rayburn House Office Building in Washington, D.C. The hearing is convened by the Healthy Families and Communities Subcommittee of the House Education and Labor Committee and is chaired by Rep. Carolyn McCarthy (NY-4)
Dr. Kelly was recently honored by Congresswoman Barbara Lee of California, who highlighted his many accomplishments while working in the California State University system. “Dr. Kelly’s commitment to the students and faculty of the CSU system, as well as the community at large, has had a positive impact on countless lives,” she said.
Today, the U.S. Supreme Court issued a precedent-setting 5-4 decision, reversing a May 2007 ruling of the Supreme Court of Louisiana, and holding that the imposition of the death penalty for child rape violates the Eighth Amendment’s prohibition against cruel and unusual punishment.
The International Rhoda G. Sarnat Award is given to an individual, group, or organization that has significantly advanced the public image of professional social work. This monetary prize is made possible from an endowment fund established by a generous contribution in 1996 from distinguished social worker Rhoda G. Sarnat, LCSW and Bernard Sarnat, MD.
The appellate court decisions in Boumediene v. Bush and Al Odah v. U.S., represented a clear violation of the rights of these detainees to gain timely access to the courts and to question the legality of their detention through the writ of habeas corpus. In a 5-4 decision the Supreme Court reversed the Court of Appeals and struck down the Military Commissions Act of 2006 as unconstitutional, stating, “Liberty and security can be reconciled, and in our system, they are reconciled within the framework of the law. The Framers decided that habeas corpus, a right of first importance, must be a part of that framework, a part of that law.”
The National Association of Social Workers Foundation (NASWF) and Lambda Legal have partnered to improve out of home care for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgendered and questioning (LGBTQ) youth.
“For more than 25 years, William Bell has been a tireless advocate for the welfare of children and an exemplary representative of social work values.”
In concert with a global celebration of the social work profession, two U.S. Senators, who are also trained social workers, have introduced legislation that will help the nation’s 600,000 professional social workers better serve families and communities in need. Senator Barbara A. Mikulski (D-MD) and Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) today introduced S. 2858—the Dorothy I. Height and Whitney M. Young Jr. Social Work Reinvestment Act—to address a nationwide shortage of social workers.
Social Work Month provides an opportunity for social workers to highlight the essential role they play in alleviating some of America’s most difficult problems. Through education, training and dedication, social workers provide assistance in many different areas of practice including health, aging, mental health, child welfare, cancer, end of life, adolescent health, HIV/AIDS and family violence.