New IAFN Community Addressing Forensic Healthcare Issues for Indigenous Populations

The International Association of Forensic Nurses (IAFN) announced the creation of a new IAFN Indigenous Populations Community during the IAFN Conference held in Toronto, Canada earlier this month. Indigenous women and girls across North America endure alarmingly high levels of marginalization, exclusion, discrimination, violence, exploitation, and abuse. With the elevated risk for violence against Native women, the challenges facing this population on many levels including the provision of forensic healthcare, and IAFN’s existing partnership with IHS, it is time to begin some conversations that focus on the goal of addressing issues unique to indigenous populations. Opening this community will allow for just this type of forum.