A SANE Approach to Human Trafficking Cases
Human trafficking victims are at risk of serious injury, as well as short- and long-term physical and psychological health consequences. Any response to sex or labor trafficking should ensure victims have meaningful access to health care. Sexual Assault Nurse Examiners (SANEs) and other medical providers are invaluable collaborative partners in your response to human trafficking. Not only do SANEs provide much-needed medical care to their patients, they are also trained to document injury and collect evidence. Incorporating SANEs in your human trafficking response team benefits both the victim and the investigation.
The co-presenters—a SANE registered nurse and a prosecutor—will demonstrate the value of collaboration in trafficking cases. The presentation will provide basic information about human trafficking and how it presents in Pennsylvania. The SANE will explain the health risks associated with sex and labor trafficking, the content of a medical forensic examination, and documentation of victim statements and demeanor. The prosecutor will provide strategies to improve the investigation and prosecution of trafficking cases by using SANEs as fact and/or expert witnesses and litigating the admissibility of victim statements under hearsay exceptions.
At the conclusion of this presentation, participants will be better able to:
• Support victims by providing meaningful access to health care
• Articulate the role of the SANE in providing medical-forensic exams
• Provide medical evidence and expert testimony at trial
FREE to PSNA Members
$99 – non-PSNA members
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Registration closes January 14, 2021 at 4 pm.
No refunds will be available for this event.
Registrants will receive a Zoom link at least two days before the event.
About the Speakers
Kim Nash, BSN, RN, SANE-A, SANE-P has been a registered nurse for 22 years and a forensic nurse for the last 14 years. Dual board certified as a SANE-A and a SANE-P, she is a Forensic Nursing Specialist with the International Association of Forensic Nurses (IAFN), and provides education, training and technical assistance for healthcare professionals, law enforcement, attorneys and advocates. Ms. Nash’s forensic nursing clinical experience includes 12 years as a Forensic Nurse Examiner at University of Colorado Health in Colorado Springs, Colorado where she provided medical forensic care to patients who had experienced violence (sexual assault, intimate partner violence, child abuse, elder abuse, strangulation, human trafficking). She was the Colorado SANE/SAFE Trainer for 3 years providing statewide education for healthcare and multidisciplinary partners, conducting clinical skills labs, and participating in statewide protocol development and legislative work. In addition, Kim worked as a forensic nurse at a child advocacy center for 3 years. Her international experience includes working on projects as a forensic nurse consultant in Swaziland, Egypt and Mexico.
Jane Anderson brings her expertise in prosecuting domestic violence, sexual violence, and human trafficking to her role as an Attorney Advisor with AEquitas. Prior to joining AEquitas, Jane served as a prosecutor in Miami, Florida where she tried many of the state’s first human trafficking cases. In her role as a founding member of the Human Trafficking Unit, Jane developed policies to better identify and provide necessary services to trafficking
victims, while ensuring offender accountability through the use of digital evidence and creative charging decisions. Jane also served as a supervisor in the Domestic Violence Unit, where she trained new attorneys and oversaw the prosecution of domestic violence, stalking, and violations of protection orders. Throughout her career, Jane prosecuted felony-level crimes of all types, including homicide, kidnapping, and sexual assault. Jane graduated cum laude from American University, Washington College of Law and is based in the San Francisco Bay Area.
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