The U.S. Department of Justice’s National Indian Country Training Initiative, in partnership with the International Association of Forensic Nurses, is pleased to announce the Sexual Assault Nurse Examiners’ Expert Witness Training. The seminar will be held July 9-11, 2019, at the National Advocacy Center in Columbia, South Carolina. Travel related expenses will be covered by the U.S. Department of Justice. There is no tuition charge for this training.
Sexual Assault Nurse Examiners (SANEs) are specialists in one of the most well-known fields within the field of forensic nursing. Many prosecutors are comfortable using forensic nurses to testify to the facts of a case. However, forensic nurses are often overlooked as accessible expert witnesses. Prosecutors can use forensic nursing expert testimony to educate the jury on the characteristics of battered individuals (to include minimizing and recanting, mechanisms of injury and wounds) and to inform the jury why there may be an absence of injury. Forensic nurses can also assist prosecutors by reviewing medical records prior to trial and identifying relevant portions of the documentation.
This training is designed for SANEs interested in providing expert testimony and for prosecutors assigned to sexual assault and domestic violence cases who want to learn more about the effective use of a SANE as an expert witness in their cases. Priority consideration will go to SANEs and prosecutors working on cases arising in Indian Country.
This class has a mock trial component, and prosecutors and a SANE(s) who work cases together are encouraged to register as a team.
Please complete and submit the nomination form at the following link for each of your nominees:
Nomination forms are due by May 3, 2019.
The NICTI will review all nominations and the NICTI will send an e-mail advising nominees of their selection on or about May 13, 2019. Selected nominees will also receive information on how to book travel and lodging.