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“I’m honored to be chosen among my peers for this position,” Elizabeth said. “I can’t wait to get my hands on as many activities as possible to further promote forensic nursing.” As a sexual assault forensic nurse, Elizabeth specializes in the education and clinical preparation in the medical forensic care of a victim who has experienced sexual assault or abuse.
IAFN, which is divided into U.S. state chapters, is an international membership organization comprised of forensic nurses working around the world and other professionals who support and complement the work of forensic nursing. The chapter president-elect, in the absence or disability of the president, performs the duties and has the authority to exercise the powers of the FL IAFN president.
In preparing for her first Florida IAFN chapter meeting of 2017, Elizabeth will learn more about the responsibility and tasks of her new position and start planning the 2017 state conference. Topics expected to be addressed include skills verification, giving court testimony and peer review of the medical-forensic records.
As a SANE, Elizabeth collaborates with other disciplines in the community such as law enforcement, crime lab personnel, child protection, attorneys, and directly with Palm Beach County Victim Services advocates, who all provide unique and compassionate, victim-centered services to sexual assault victims. Congratulations!
Elizabeth Marlow, RN, SANE-A
Victim advocates Chandra Cosby and Angeletta Sewell were there as representatives of Palm Beach County Victim Services & Certified Rape Crisis Center to provide information about services available to crime victims.
In keeping with Victim Services’ victim-centered approach and services, the advocates responded appropriately as they interacted with the diverse population together with other local agencies who also provided education and free resources to the community.
The Glades Family Fun Fest was a true, healthy success for all who attended. In addition to receiving important information, guests enjoyed free food, and a variety of free games and activities, music and dance, bounce houses, face-painting, rock climbing, and team sports.
Chandra Cosby and Angeletta Sewell at the Victim Services & Certified Rape Crisis Center booth
Guest speakers included Adrienne Ellis, Chief Assistant Attorney at the Office of the State Attorney, 15th Judicial Circuit; Sarah Mooney, Chief of Police at the West Palm Beach Police Department; Jeri Muoio, Mayor of the City of West Palm Beach; Michael Gauger, Chief Deputy to the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office; Congresswoman Lois Frankel; and Supervisory Special Agent O’Neill of the FBI.
The victim testament was given by Sandi Cooper. She is the mother of a murdered young woman. She shared her experience with her loss, the trauma, her therapeutic support, and support from the criminal justice system.
The Officer of the Year was presented to Detective Brent Joseph of the Boynton Beach Police Department by Palm Beach County Victim Services.
This year, the FBI’s Victim Specialist presented two awards; one to a North Palm Beach Police Detective who assisted with a human trafficking case and the “FBI Special Agent of the Year” award to the FBI agent who worked on that case as well.
The “Out of the Shadows” daytime event included presentations about human trafficking with an emphasis on the direct link of pornography with trafficking. Camera Hall, Survivor Action Team member and founder of Stolen People, gave a powerful spoken word performance of , “You are not forgotten”, depicting the invisibility of trafficking victims hidden in plain sight.
The evening segment provided a Human Trafficking documentary followed by discussion with the audience.
There was specific outreach to male survivors by providing a speaker panel with Randy LaPierre, Brent Berman, Psychotherapist, also Survivor Action Team members and Amy Schafer, PBCVS therapist.
The event was held at the church after services with each agency representative visiting every table to provide information & awareness of the various services, to deepen connections & built stronger relationships.
Through small group discussions, the immigrant community received some face to face time in a congenial environment learning about services and their rights. On hand to share information were Mayor Jeri Mouio, Palm Beach County Victim Services & Certified Rape Crisis Center, West Palm Beach Police Department, Center for Independent Living Options/CILO, Aid to Victims of Domestic Abuse/AVDA, El Sol, Catholic Charities, Legal Aid Society of Palm Beach County, Honorary Consul of Guatemala in Palm Beach County, Healthy Mothers Healthy Babies, Boys & Girls Club, Rybovich Yacht Builders & the West Palm Beach Police Dept. Explorers & Cadets.
There was food in abundance, toys for the children, some raffle prizes & most importantly, solid outreach achieved through one on one connections.