The Metro DC Chapter is one of 55 chapters of the National Association of Social Workers (NASW), the largest association of professional social workers in the United States. Our 1,100-plus members serve all populations, including children, adolescents, families, older adults, immigrants, LGBTQ individuals, and others. They also serve clients in every DC ward and work setting, as well as in the DC metropolitan area such as Northern Virginia and nearby Maryland.

This In the News section features the latest articles and news from the Metro DC Chapter, including press releases, policy or issue statements, professional and licensing updates, training announcements, and other content relevant to the work of Metro DC social workers.

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Social Workers Vote! Metro DC Chapter Endorses White for City Council

Voting is social workIt’s time to vote! All DC residents should be receiving their primary election ballots shortly, since ballot mailings are in process. In-person election day for City Council positions and ballot choices is June 4.

The Democratic Party will hold its presidential primary June 4. Republicans already held their primary March 3, and Nikki Haley (R) won.

As a social worker, you should be aware that the Code of Ethics mandates civic involvement and advocacy for the profession and your clients. This includes voting and standing up for voting rights.

Through its Political Action for Candidate Election (PACE) Committee of member volunteers, NASW Metro DC has endorsed Robert White (D-at large) for a second term in City Council. Please visit his site to learn more about this excellent supporter of social workers and our priority policy issues.

This includes supporting the chapter’s efforts to establishing a path to attaining a social work license without taking the national exam, which research has been found to be biased.

DC voters have the option to vote by dropbox, mail, early in-person, or on Election Day, and you can vote at any location in the city! Election-related deadlines through the General Election November 5 are here.

Be sure to check your registration and read all election information prior to voting to ensure your registration is up to date and that you are following all voting requirements.

Special note: non-citizens can vote in local elections, thanks to the Local Resident Voting Rights Amendment Act of 2022! Please pass this information to any non-citizen clients and peers. Here are other helpful links to voting information:

Tuesday, May 10: Deadline for voter registration applications, except for those submitted in person at the Board of Elections office or at voter registration agencies.

Friday, May 10–Tuesday, June 4 at 8 p.m.: Mail ballot dropboxes are available for use.

“The Metro DC Chapter will continue its long tradition of supporting voter education, vetting and endorsing candidates, and engaging in voter turnout activities and outreach throughout this important election period,” says Executive Director Debra Riggs. “Together, our voices and votes do make a real difference for DC social workers, residents, and clients.”