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Call for volunteers
We are looking for members that are passionate and motivated help us continue to grow the association on a global scale. We would like to have insight and ideas from members who are new to IAFN as well as long-standing members. If you are interested in joining one of the many working committees, please fill out the online form. Your application, which should include your name, contact information, and area of interest, will be forwarded to the appropriate committee chair or staff member.
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Make us your source for professional development in 2014
Save the Date for our International Conference in October, sign up for a course through our Online Learning Center, and read all of the Case Reviews we archived for you. Be sure to check out IAFN's Events Calendar to see what trainings are happening in your area, or add a training you're hosting to our list.
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January's episode of Nursing Success TV now available
Practical advice from Dr. Phyllis Quinlan, RN and professional nursing coach, on how to handle workplace hostility. Valuable insights from Dr. Carol Tuttas, RN, on where new nursing grads can find jobs. Inspiring career highlights from Carol Patterson, nurse educator.
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Resources available from the Federal Partners Committee on Women and Trauma
Federal Partners Committee on Women and Trauma
The Federal Partners Committee on Women and Trauma is an intergovernmental effort to address the causes and consequences of trauma, with a particular focus on women and girls.
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55 bodies exhumed so far at Florida school
WFTV-TV
Researchers say 55 bodies exhumed so far at Florida school

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State policies in brief: Overview of minor consent laws as of Jan. 1
Guttmacher Institute
The legal ability of minors to consent to a range of sensitive health care services including sexual and reproductive healthcare, mental health services and alcohol and drug abuse treatment has expanded dramatically over the past 30 years.
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Tested at last, rape kits give evidence to victims' stories
NPR
Back in 2009, reporters Rachel Dissell and Leila Atassi discovered that the Cleveland Police Department had a massive backlog of so-called rape kits going back decades. The kits include the DNA swabs taken from women who have reported they've been sexually assaulted. The DNA is used to identify the men who allegedly attacked them. In thousands of cases, the DNA simply wasn't tested. The kits sat on the shelf, the cases went unsolved, and the alleged rapists went unpunished. Now, at last, the kits are being taken down and tested.
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Obama addresses sexual assault on college campuses
New York Daily News
President Obama is forming a White House task force to help protect young women in college from sexual assault, he said Saturday in his weekly radio and Internet address. "Sexual assault is an affront to our basic decency and humanity," he said. The President called it "totally unacceptable" that one out of every five women in college is sexually assaulted.
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Mobilizing young men in India to end violence against women
The Christian Science Monitor
India was rated one of the most dangerous places in the world to be female in a 2011 poll. However, women may have an underestimated yet crucial ally in their fight for equality: men. In a country where almost 40 percent of women will experience some form of emotional, physical, or sexual violence at the hands of men, this may seem a counterintuitive notion.
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Stop sexual assaults and violence against Syrian women and girls
The Huffington Post
The humanitarian situation in Syria has sharply deteriorated and though media interest in the conflict has ebbed and flowed the crisis affecting Syrians has steadily grown. Breaches of human rights by both sides and, as bombardment and shooting has continued so has another war — a war of sexual assault and violence against women and girls. Vast numbers of Syrians are now displaced — in their own country and around its borders.
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3-D printed crime scenes are coming to a courtroom near you
Malaysian Digest
There's undeniably something captivating about looking at a crime scene. Similar to watching a train wreck, try walking by a block protected by police tape without doing a double-take. As the gargantuan viewership of shows like CSI or the popularity of P.D. James novels can attest to, people are obviously curious about crime, and possibly even more interested in how it's analyzed. There's even a whole Wikipedia page dedicated to the CSI Effect, a "condition" that describes the ways in which the exaggerated portrayal of forensic science on TV influences public perception.
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Pentagon, scientists closing in on rapid DNA technology
USA Today
Researchers are closing in on the final steps of a new system to analyze human DNA in 90 minutes instead of the two to three weeks it now takes, according to interviews with Pentagon and industry officials. Such a dramatic cut in the amount of time to get a DNA sample has huge ramifications for law enforcement, war crimes investigations and immigration, said Chris Asplen, the executive director of the Global Alliance for Rapid DNA Testing.
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