News Releases


Feb 23, 2018

Often it is young people who lead adults to do the right thing

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Feb 16, 2018

Public health crisis declaration would mandate officials to develop strategies to reduce gun-related deaths and injuries. 

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Feb 05, 2018

This year’s theme is “Social Workers: Leaders. Advocates. Champions

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Jan 19, 2018

Association condemns President's racist comments toward Haiti, El Salvador and African nations

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Jan 04, 2018

NASW was deeply troubled when it was widely reported that budget employees for the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) were told by their leadership that in preparing their fiscal 2019 budgets, they could not use seven specific words and phrases. The offensive words include vulnerable, entitlement, diversity, transgender, fetus, evidence-based, and science-based. This is extremely problematic because the targeted words help to describe populations and quality control standards that are essential for managing threats to the nation’s public health and well-being.

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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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