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 IAFN on the Hill

House Passes Continuing Resolution
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On September 13, 2012, the House passed, 329-91, the Continuing Appropriations for FY2013 Resolution (H. J. Res. 117). Fiscal Year 2012 ends on September 30. Although the House and Senate have each made progress on a number of FY2013 appropriations bills, none of the twelve annual appropriations bills have yet been signed into law. More

2012 OJP Grants to be Announced on
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The Office of Justice Programs (OJP) announced it is providing its external stakeholders, and the general public, an opportunity to view regular updates on grants awarded for Fiscal Year 2012. Each Monday, the OJP Office of Communications (OCOM) will post a weekly report of grants awarded, including the grantee's name, city, state, award amount, and program office, located at More

IAFN Visits with Senator Rockefeller's Staff on Forensic Science and Standards Act of 2012
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On Friday, September 14, 2012, an IAFN representative met with staff from the Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee to discuss the Forensic Science Standards Act (S.3378), introduced by Senator Jay Rockefeller (D-WV) on July 12, 2012. More

 IAFN Updates

Next IAFN Webinar: SANE-A Mini Prep Course
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SANE-A Mini Prep Course
September 27, 2012 from 12-1:30 pm EDT.
$15 Member/$30 Non-Member

SANE-A Certification Exam Candidates: Join the SANE-A Mini-Prep Course Webinar! Don't miss the chance for a short review course designed to help you prepare for the exam. Presented by content expert and IAFN Board President, Jenifer Markowitz, ND, RN, WHNP-BC, SANE-A, the webinar will focus on two areas of the test content outline with an opportunity for question and answers at the end.

 Spotlight News

20th Annual Scientific Assembly — Click here
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Regular Registration Ends September 24!

The special rate of $550 USD for members and $679 USD for non-members expires this MONDAY, September 24, 2012. Get a 10% discount on a group of 4 or more regular member registrations. All must be paid for in one payment and registrations must be mailed, faxed, or called in. Save $$$$... register today.

Meet the Author!
    Attending the 20th IAFN Scientific Assembly? Make sure you schedule time to stop by and meet and meet these great authors:

    Thursday, October 11th from 9:30AM - 10:00AM you can bring your copy of the newest publication in forensic nursing, Atlas of Sexual Violence and get it signed by Tara Henry.

    Thursday, October 11th from to 2:00 - 3:00 PM Olga Trujillo will be on-site to sign her newest book The Sum of My Parts.

    Friday October 12th from 9:15 - 9:45 AM Lorry Schonely will be on hand to sign her book Essentials in Correctional Nursing.

    Limited quantities will be available for purchase in the IAFN Marketplace during the assembly.
Please see the links below for more information:

 Industry News

Sexual assault medical forensic examination research forum
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This forum, sponsored by the Office for Victims of Crime and the National Institute of Justice, explored gaps in the existing research related to the technical aspects of sexual assault medical forensic examination. The goal was to identify what research is needed to bring a stronger evidence base to the SAMFE. More

18th anniversary of the Violence Against Women Act
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On Sept. 13, 1994, President Bill Clinton signed the Violence Against Women Act into law. This groundbreaking legislation was the result of many years of dedication by women's advocates and the incredible leadership of then-senator Biden. Today, you can see VAWA in action in local communities all across the country. Through programs funded by VAWA, police officers and prosecutors are trained to understand the needs of victims, specialized law enforcement units investigate these crimes, and transitional housing programs help victims rebuild their lives. As a result, annual rates of domestic violence have dropped by more than 60 percent since the passage of the act. More

Somali woman helping rape victims wins UN award
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Hawa Aden Mohamed won the United Nations refugee agency's Nansen Refugee Award for her work in helping thousands of Somali women and girls, many of them rape victims, start new lives in their battered homeland. Mohamed — a former Somali refugee who returned from safety in Canada to her war-torn country in 1995 — is launching an education program in Puntland to shelter and train Somalis who have fled war, famine and violence, it said. More

Sweden's rape rate under the spotlight
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The Swedish police recorded the highest number of offenses — about 63 per 100,000 inhabitants — of any force in Europe, in 2010. The second-highest in the world. This was three times higher than the number of cases in the same year in Sweden's next-door neighbor, Norway, and twice the rate in the United States and the U.K. It was more than 30 times the number in India, which recorded about two offenses per 100,000 people. More

Proposed rule changes could make military sexual assault defense an uphill battle
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A proposed law sponsored — pending since November of 2011 and currently being debated by the House of Representatives Armed Services Committee — takes the onus for investigation and prosecution of military sex crimes away from commanding officers and into the hands of an impartial office, the Pentagon's Sexual Assault Prevention and Response Office. More

Illinois gets $3.8 million for victims of sexual assault
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Programs to benefit Illinois victims of domestic violence and sexual assault will share $3.8 million in federal grant money. U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin announced the funding from the U.S. Department of Justice's Office of Violence Against Women. The money goes to programs in Chicago and Springfield. Durbin says the funding will ensure victims have a voice in the justice system and access to support services. More

New app aims to help DC college students victimized by sexual assault
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College students victimized by sexual assault on campuses across the District can now get help by touching the screens of their smartphones. A new mobile application offers direct links to school security, D.C. police and round-the-clock online chats with counselors. More


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