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NASW Statement on Donald J. Trump Election as 45th U.S. PresidentAssociation urges President-Elect to help heal divisiveness, trauma from his campaign


Washington, DC - The National Association of Social Workers (NASW) congratulates Donald J. Trump on his election to become the 45th president of the United States.

NASW is deeply concerned by statements Mr. Trump has made regarding women, people of color and immigrants. At the same time, we acknowledge we must work with the new administration to address pressing issues of the day, including justice reforms, racial and gender inequality, access to health care for all, and helping more Americans achieve economic self-sufficiency and stability.

The NASW Code of Ethics makes clear the importance of social justice. We cannot support any efforts to marginalize or oppress any group of people, and will always work to assure that human rights extend to everyone. Social workers continue to strongly advocate for our country’s most vulnerable populations.

President-Elect Trump has said he is committed to restoring economic prosperity to the United States, helping more Americans afford care for their children and relatives who are older adults, and providing more services to our nation’s brave veterans and their families. We hope to build on these commonalities to move our country forward and will hold Mr. Trump accountable for his promises.

We also urge Mr. Trump and his administration to help heal the divisiveness and trauma his campaign has caused among some communities and populations.  NASW, the largest professional social work association in the world with more than 125,000 members, is ready to help ensure these actions are done in a socially responsible and unifying manner.

NASW firmly supports our nation’s efforts to move forward in a positive way that acknowledges the inherent dignity and worth of all people.  Specifically, NASW will work to ensure that President-Elect Trump appoints justices to the U.S. Supreme Court and judges to the Circuit Courts of Appeals and lower Federal District Courts who come from diverse gender and ethnic backgrounds and will protect the rights of all citizens.

Lastly, NASW congratulates Democrat nominee Hillary Rodham Clinton for her years of service. Mrs. Clinton has a long history of working for positive social change in areas of importance to social workers, including health care reform; the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP); HIV/AIDS prevention and treatment; reproductive rights for women; racial justice and equal rights for people who are LGBT.

We share Mrs. Clinton’s hope for the future.  Everyone deserves the chance to pursue and achieve their dreams.

As Mrs. Clinton said in her concession speech, “let’s do all we can to keep advancing the causes and values we all hold dear; making our economy work for everyone not just those at the top, protecting our country and protecting our planet and breaking down all the barriers that hold any American back from achieving their dreams.”

Statement from NASW, Utah Chapter

The mission of the social work profession is rooted in a set of core values. These core values, embraced by social workers throughout the profession's history, are the foundation of social work's unique purpose and perspective:  service, social justice, dignity and worth of the person, importance of human relationships, integrity, and competence.

 As we move into this new and unknown political territory, we have a professional and ethical responsibility to represent these values in our work and our lives, remembering the needs and interests of our clients, and working for an inclusive, just, and responsible future.   It is more important than ever that social workers remain engaged and committed to protecting the rights of all people—particularly those devoid of their own political voice. 

 As social workers, we can leverage our collective strength to mobilize.  We are a powerful force for humanity and social justice, collaboration and inclusion.  As one of the collective voices on behalf of professional social workers, the Utah Chapter of NASW remains committed to:

  1. Pursuing and supporting social and economic justice policies and legislation
  2. Strengthening our advocacy efforts on behalf of LGBTQ rights, racial and ethnic injustice, and the thousands in our state who lack access to basic resources and healthcare
  3. Being vigilant about efforts to marginalize groups of people in our state, and working alongside community partners to resist these efforts

Despite the Utah chapter’s small size, our legislative initiatives over the past six years have been very successful.  NASW will continue to monitor and intervene on behalf of the social work profession, and the clients we serve, and remain a strong voice for Utah.

"We must be prepared in the progress of all reformatory movements for periods of exhalation and depression, of rapid advance and retrogression, of hope and fear...the a spiral, not a circle, and as long as there is motion there is hope." -W.E.B. Du Bois


           Emily W.Bleyl                                 Tammer Attallah

Emily W. Bleyl, LCSW                                                 Tammer Attallah, LCSW, MBA
Executive Director                                                       President
NASW, Utah Chapter                                                  NASW, Utah Chapter             


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