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What is SWIM?


Social Workers and social service staff, Investigators, and Mitigators (what we call the SWIM community) all play an invaluable role in Public Defender offices in Pennsylvania, across our community and for our clients. On this page, you'll find information about PDAP's offerings for folks working in these roles - mitigation resources, social service and investigative referral information, virtual and in-person events and a SWIM specific listserv. Past SWIM programming has included external training scholarships, Ask an SSA/Ask an Investigator sessions and virtual meetups with community-wide discussions on effective PD social service programs and best practices for witness interviews.


If you have any feedback or questions, would like to join the SWIM listserv, or have updates for our resources, please e-mail Julie Hyman at

Virtual SWIM Meet Ups

March 30, 2023 from 12-1 PM

Topic: What makes an effective PD social worker or social service program?

June 29, 2023 from 12-1 PM

Topic: What are best practices for witness interviews for both mitigation and investigation?

September 28, 2023 from 12-1 PM

Topic: Discussing challenges and celebrating victories

January 17th from 2:30-3:30 PM

Topic: Using Cellebrite


Upcoming SWIM Offerings

SWIM Resources

Resources by Topic

Resources by County/Area

Downloadable Resources

Photos from recent SWIM trainings and meet ups

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