About International 


The NASW International Committee is authorized by and accountable to the NASW Board of Directors. The International Committee interprets NASW policies and Delegate Assembly priorities in developing guidance for the implementation of programs in the areas of international social work education and practice and in advocating for the protection of human rights in the global context. Additionally, it educates and encourages social workers about how international experiences enrich both their social work practice and the profession of social work globally.  Follow this link here to access the International Committee Charge.  NASW Member's can access the nomination form by clicking this link and logging in.

NASW International District

With more than 300 international NASW members around the world, the International District, managed by the NASW North Carolina Chapter, seeks to provide information on continuing education opportunities, licensure and supervision, resources, and contacts in other countries. Additionally, members receive a monthly e-newsletter specific to international social work. Members of NASW North Carolina Chapter and North Carolina International District can access all information on the NASW North Carolina website.  If you would like to affiliate your NASW membership with the NASW-NC International District please call NASW Member Services at 800-742-4089.

International And Human Rights Policy Statements

The 11th edition of Social Work Speaks is a comprehensive and unabridged collection of policies adopted and revised by the NASW Delegate Assembly in 2017. The Delegate Assembly, NASW’s key policymaking body, meets every three years. The policy statements set the parameters for NASW’s positions and actions on a broad range of public policy and professional issues.  Social Work Speaks is published by NASW Press and available by following this link >>

The 11th edition of Social Work Speaks policy statements include:

  • Immigrants and Refugees
  • International Policy on Human Rights
  • Peace and Social Justice
  • Sex Trade and Social Work Practice

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General Background On NASW And International Issues


Social Work Disaster Assistance Fund


NASW established the Social Work Disaster Assistance Fund to provide critically needed assistance to those affected by disasters in the United States and around the world, such as September 11, devastating wildfires, hurricanes, tsunamis, flooding, earthquakes, and the Ebola Epidemic.  Learn More >>


Social Work Policy Institute


Social Work Policy Institute (SWPI) is a think tank established in 2009 within the NASW Foundation to strengthen social work’s voice in public policy deliberations, inform policymakers through collection and dissemination of information on social work effectiveness, and create a forum to examine issues.  Learn More >>


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In Episode 5, NASW Social Work Talks Podcast features the Director of the NASW Foundation, Bob Arnold.   Tune in for a discussion about the Foundation's many educational, research, and  charitable  initiatives.