At NASW-NJ we believe in a three pronged approach to Advocacy:
1. Legislative and Regulatory Advocacy on behalf of the profession and on issues affecting clients. Our legislative agenda is available online. Get involved on the issues you care about!
2. Building relationships with Legislators and other Policymakers through our Political Action for Candidate Election (PACE) Committee, lobbying, working with coalitions and policy analysis.
3. Educating Members on the Legislative Process and about policy issues through our annual Legislative, Education, and Advocacy Day (LEAD), the NASW-NJ FOCUS and newSWire ® newsletters, presentations to NASW-NJ Units, social work classes and other groups, and through mentoring students and supervising interns.
From the NASW Code of Ethics:
Value: Social Justice
Ethical Principle: Social workers challenge social injustice.
Social workers pursue social change, particularly with and on behalf of vulnerable and oppressed individuals and groups of people. Social workers' social change efforts are focused primarily on issues of poverty, unemployment, discrimination, and other forms of social injustice. These activities seek to promote sensitivity to and knowledge about oppression and cultural and ethnic diversity. Social workers strive to ensure access to needed information, services, and resources; equality of opportunity; and meaningful participation in decision making for all people.
For more information about Advocacy please contact Renee Koubiadis, MSW, LSW at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 732-296-8070 x 14.