AFN Webinar - Asylum Assessments Part II
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JOIN US FOR THIS MEMBERS ONLY TWO-PART AFN WEBINAR WITH JENNIFER BREADS & DEBRA S. HOLBROOK
Join Jennifer Breads & Debra S. Holbrook for this two-part exclusive Member's Only Webinar on July 8, 2020 at 12:00 PM (EST) and July 15, 2020 at 12:00 PM (EST) as they discuss the complex needs of those seeking legal immigration relief based on abuse and torture.
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For many thousands of recently arrived immigrants and torture and/or abuse survivors, the US holds the promises of freedom, safety, and a better life. But navigating a complex and sometimes inhospitable immigration system is not an easy task, especially for those with limited English skills, little trust in authority, and often minimal evidence to substantiate their cases in court. There are several forms of legal relief available to asylee-seekers and foreign-born survivors of sexual and domestic violence, and human trafficking in the United States - and, as participants will learn during the course of this presentation, forensic nurses are aptly positioned to meet the critical medicolegal needs of this uniquely vulnerable population in both civil and criminal court proceedings.
Over the past three years, forensic nurses in Baltimore, Maryland designed the region’s first comprehensive, nurse-led model to support the medico-forensic needs of asylee-seekers and immigrant survivors in their community. Drawing from lessons learned and partnerships forged by their initiative, this two-part presentation outlines basic factors about types of legal relief available for foreign-born survivors of torture, persecution, sexual/domestic violence and human trafficking, and describes the forensic nurse’s role in offering medicolegal documentation, including written affidavits/affirmations, for civil court proceedings. Additionally, the presentation describes the components of, and lessons learned from, the design and implementation (pilot) of this initiative to expand the core services of a forensic nursing program to include asylee and immigration-specific medicolegal care.
Don't miss your opportunity to:
- Understand the complex needs of those seeking legal immigration relief based on abuse and torture.
- List the elements of medico-forensic evaluation.
- Understand the components of completion of a Federal medico-forensic affidavit.
AFN WEBINAR CO-HOST - JENNIFER BREADS
Jennifer Breads completed her graduate studies at the Johns Hopkins University and Institute for School of Nursing. She serves as Technical Advisor for Technical Leadership & Innovations at Jhpiego where she serves across the globe in improving public healthcare for women.
Ms. Breads is also currently a Certified Forensic Nurse Examiner with the Mercy Medical Center Program serving all hospitals, prisons and nursing homes in Baltimore City. She is Chair of the Immigration / Asylum Committee at Mercy and frequently conducts asylee examinations and prepares affidavits. Ms. Breads is the recipient of the Top Nurses award by Baltimore Magazine and the Excellence in Practice designation by the Mercy Forensic Nursing Program.
AFN WEBINAR CO-HOST - DEBRA S. HOLBROOK
Mrs. Holbrook attended The Union Memorial Hospital School of Nursing, in Baltimore, Maryland and completed both undergrad and graduate studies through the Wilmington University. After working in the field of critical care, Mrs. Holbrook founded a Forensic Nurse Examiner Program in Delaware that became a model of the United States (US Senate Subcommittee / Biden, 2002).
In 2002 she testified on Capital Hill before a Senate Judicial Subcommittee on Crime and Drugs on behalf of the Bill that was signed into law in 2005 as the DNA Justice Act. She is the recipient of numerous international awards, including the ANCC Magnet International Nurse of the Year, the Delaware Nurse of the year, the International Association of Forensic Nurses Pioneer Award, the 2014 Most Influential Marylanders in Healthcare, Distinguished Fellow – Academy of Forensic Nursing, and the prestigious Fellow American Academy of Nursing. She serves on the Board of the National Strangulation Institute, has authored grants totaling over 11 million dollars to benefit victims of major person’s crimes and lectures nationally for the Office for Victims of Crime, educating medical professionals across the country. She has conducted over 200 pediatric and adult SANE educational offerings both nationally and internationally.
Mrs. Holbrook has integrated comprehensive forensic practice into the SANE model and her Programs have cared for all patients of interpersonal violence including domestic, elder, child, institutional, vulnerable populations, gunshots, stabbings, non-accidental poisonings and burns. She has pioneered the use of the Alternate Light Source in strangulation cases and set precedence in national court systems. She is currently Director Forensic Nursing at Mercy Medical Center in Baltimore which coordinates care to victims of interpersonal violence for all hospitals in Baltimore City.