NASW Statement on Buffalo Tragedy

WASHINGTON, D.C. - The National Association of Social Workers (NASW) offers its deepest condolences to the families and friends of the victims of the mass shooting at a supermarket in Buffalo, NY. This tragedy weighs heavy on our hearts, especially communities of color across the country. Such racially motivated domestic terrorism fueled by the unchecked legacy of white supremacy should have no home in America.


“Once again, we are mourning the loss of Black lives at the hand of a shooter driven by hate. And once again, we are watching a community grieve through the trauma of an absolute loss of safety," said NASW President Mildred "Mit" Joyner, DPS, MSW, LCFSW. "We know the tragedy of this moment bleeds across borders and states and there is no corner of this country untouched by racist violence. NASW is resolute in its fight for racial justice and social workers are holding space for those in need of healing.”

The memories of those killed in Buffalo reaffirm our efforts to change policies that allow such tragedies to occur. We must work to eradicate the violent radicalization and systemic racism that continue to destroy so many lives.