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Founded in 1955, the National Association of Social Workers (NASW) is the largest membership organization of professional social workers in the world, with more than 120,000 members. NASW works to enhance the professional growth and development of its members, to create and maintain professional standards, and to advance sound social policies.


Apr 05, 2018

WASHINGTON, D.C. - The U.S. Department of Commerce, which manages the Census Bureau, announced the 2020 Census will include a question that asks the respondent whether they are a U.S. Citizen. This action by the Secretary of Commerce was fully supported by the White House. Including citizenship as one of the questions on the 2020 Census questionnaire is extremely worrisome. Specifically, adding this question has major implications for immigrant communities and for the integrity of fair allocation of Congressional representation. The National Association of Social Workers (NASW) strongly disagrees with the proposed addition of t...

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Mar 27, 2018

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The National Association of Social Workers (NASW) applauds Sen. Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) and Sen. John Barrasso (R-WY) for introducing the bipartisan Improving Access to Mental Health Act (S.2613), legislation that would increase public access to the vital mental health services that clinical social workers provide and offer clinical social workers more adequate Medicare reimbursement rates.  Their Senate bill is a companion to H.R. 1290, which was introduced in the House by Rep. Barbara Lee (D-CA). Stabenow and Lee are social workers and Barrasso is a physician. “Mental illness is an issue that tou...

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Mar 27, 2018

WASHINGTON, D.C. - School social workers play a critical role in schools. They serve as the liaison between school, home, and the community. The underlying premise of school social work services is based in strengthening students’ academic progress by removing barriers to learning including meeting their basic physical and emotional needs.  Any form of school violence, including the mass shootings at schools around the country such as the recent incidents Florida and Maryland, prohibit students’ sense of safety and their learning. School social workers work to prevent mass killing in schools as well as guide schools ...

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Feb 23, 2018

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- The National Association of Social Workers (NASW) is proud of the brave young people from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida and around the nation who are advocating and protesting for laws to curtail this nation’s gun death epidemic.  Often it is young people who lead adults to do the right thing. We saw this during the Birmingham Children's Crusade for civil rights in Alabama in 1963; the anti-Vietnam War protests of the 1960's; and the demonstrations on college campuses in the 1980's urging the United States to divest from apartheid South Africa.  Today, we need sensib...

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Feb 16, 2018

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Once again our nation is experiencing the horror of a mass shooting in a school. The National Association of Social Workers (NASW) grieves for the families of the 17 students and teachers slain at Majory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida and hopes the 15 people who were injured recover. It is disturbing to note the United States leads the world in mass shootings and mass shooting deaths. According to the Gun Violence Archive there have already been 6,739 gun violence incidents in the United States this year resulting in 1,859 deaths. More than 400 of those killed and injured were children and teenagers. W...

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Feb 05, 2018

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The National Association of Social Workers (NASW) is helping lead this year’s Social Work Month celebration in March with a campaign centered around the theme “Social Workers: Leaders. Advocates. Champions.”  The campaign will inform the public and legislators about the crucial role social workers for generations have played in improving the well-being of people and helping our nation become a better place to live.   For instance, social workers such as social reformer Jane Addams, former Labor Secretary Frances Perkins, and civil rights leaders Dorothy Height and Whitney Young h...

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Jan 19, 2018

Association condemns President's racist comments toward Haiti, El Salvador and African nations   WASHINGTON, D.C. -- The National Association of Social Workers and its D.C. Metro Chapter oppose the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announcement that it will end Temporary Protection Status (TPS) for El Salvador. The action is misguided and could lead to disturbing humanitarian consequences. In the Washington, D.C. metro area alone there are more than 30,000 Salvadorans who will be directly impacted by this decision.  Congress created TPS in 1990 to grant temporary protection to people who could not return to their home...

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Jan 04, 2018

WASHINGTON, D.C. - The National Association of Social Workers (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-b...

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Dec 18, 2017

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- The National Association of Social Workers (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 FY2019 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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