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NASW DC Metro Chapter’s Actions on the Policy of Separating Families


The National Association of Social Workers DC Metro Chapter is outraged by what is happening at the border regarding separations of children from their parents and other atrocities we are learning about. We stand strong in our belief that families belong together, and family separations have long-term health and mental health negative implications.  The National Association of Social Workers (NASW) is pressing lawmakers to rescind this egregious action. As a result of parent incarceration, children are admitted into overcrowded shelters and denied access to their parents. The U.S. Department of Homeland Security notes that 1,995 minors were separated from their guardians between April 19 and May 31, 2018.  To read the full statement, visit:


As a chapter, NASW DC Metro values the diversity of the Washington, DC region.  We strive to make sure local social workers are being heard on these issues and to address NASW’s Social Justice Priority around Immigration Reform.  To learn more about NASW’s Social Justice Priorities, please visit:


Take Action:


NASW DC Metro Chapter will be joining the Family Separation Protest at the White House on June 30th, 2018 from 11:00am to 2:00pm in Lafayette Square Park.  We will be meeting up in advance at 10:30am in the Southwest Corner of McPherson Square Park at the corners at I Street NW and Vermont Ave NW.  For more details on this event, please visit:   


If you plan to join and would like to join fellow social workers and learn about any advance preparation for the event, please email  


For those members who live in Virginia and Maryland, please take action by contacting your elected officials regarding family separation.  Find your representatives here:  Contact them and ask for the following:

  • Ask Members of Congress to urge the administration to end the “zero-tolerance” policy of forcibly separating families. 
  • Ask Members of Congress to also push for President Trump, DHS Secretary Nielsen, and Attorney General Sessions to end the practice of separating and jailing families via letters, appropriations requirements, and Congressional hearings. 
  • Ask your Senator to sign the Keep Families Together Act, S.3036

In DC, Eleanor Holmes Norton has been a staunch advocate of ending the policy of separating children from their families.


NASW has also released a list of resources of additional ways to volunteer to help immigrant children separated from their families, as well as additional resources available.  To learn more, visit:   



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