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Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner Forensic Examinations for Immigrant Victims

A Case Study

Payne, Amanda BA, RN-BSN, CCRN, SANE

doi: 10.1097/JFN.0000000000000192
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This case study examines how sexual assault nurse examiners (SANEs) in the United States are in a unique position to provide valuable medical forensic documentation for immigrant victims. In addition to providing evidence to solve crimes domestically, SANEs may help victims of persecution and human rights violations receive legally protected immigration status. Incorporating The Istanbul Protocol into practice provides SANEs with a tool to advocate for and protect the rights of immigrant victims both domestically and abroad.

Author Affiliation: Rape Crisis Center of the Coastal Empire.

The author declares no conflict of interest.

Correspondence: Amanda Payne, BA, RN-BSN, CCRN, SANE, Rape Crisis Center of the Coastal Empire, P.O. Box 8492, Savannah, GA 31412. E-mail: amanda.james.payne@gmail.com.

Received October 2, 2017; accepted for publication January 25, 2018.

© 2018 by the International Association of Forensic Nurses. All rights reserved.
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