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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 PDAP's offerings for folks working in these roles - mitigation resources, social service and investigative referral information, Zoom meet ups and a SWIM specific listserv. If you have any 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 are the best practices for your office's social workers and social service programs?

June 29, 2023 from 12-1 PM

Topic: TBD


September 28 from 1-2 PM

Topic: TBD


Montgomery County Chief of Social Services and Community Policy Alana Hook, PDAP SWIM Engagement Coordinator Julie Hyman and Delaware County Chief of Services and Policy Kate Bates present to new public defenders about Developing Mitigation.

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