The Arizona Chapter of the National Association of Social Workers has named House Democratic Leader David Lujan as its "Public Official of the Year."
“Rep. Lujan has been a champion for causes that social workers care about,” said Carol Stambaugh, executive director of the Arizona chapter of the National Association of Social Workers. “This year especially, he has helped protect Arizona children and families from destructive budget cuts during tough economic times.”
Lujan has worked to protect children's rights by strengthening incest and polygamy laws. He has also worked to enact laws protecting victims of domestic violence and abuse.
Even more important than writing laws and legislation, Lujan has trained and educated hundreds of attorneys, law enforcement officials, and child protection workers/advocates on laws pertaining to child abuse, domestic violence, juvenile and dependency law.
In addition to his legislative work, Lujan is staff attorney for Defender of Children, an organization dedicated to assisting abused children.
Representative Lujan will accept the honor at NASWAZ's Summit 2009 conference on September 25 at the Franciscan Renewal Center.