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Medical Forensic Evaluation of Asylum Seekers: (4) The Evaluation of Women Asylum Seekers
Course Description

Online courses are non-refundable regardless of whether the course has been started. 

The International Association of Forensic Nurses offers educational opportunities for professionals caring for victims of violence.  Some courses contain medical photographs of injuries, genital regions, and other potentially triggering topics and images. If you need assistance in processing trauma, help is available


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

Amanda Payne is a board-certified Forensic Nurse Examiner currently working on the Forensic Assessment and Consultation Team at Inova in Fairfax, Virginia. She was trained in the medical-forensic examination of asylum seekers through Physicians for Human Rights at the Yale Center for Asylum Medicine.

She is a member of IAFN’s Social Justice Committee and has served as a representative on the Georgia State Human Trafficking Task Force. She recently authored the paper SANE Forensic Examinations for Immigrant-Victims: A Case Study, published earlier this year in the Journal of Forensic Nursing.

Deborah Ottenheimer, MD, FACOG

Dr. Ottenheimer is a graduate of The University of Pennsylvania, School of Medicine and was awarded the Paul Stolley Award in Clinical Epidemiology for her work on family planning practices in Cameroon, West Africa. Dr. Ottenheimer completed her residency training in Obstetrics and Gynecology at St.Lukes/Roosevelt Hospital in Manhattan. Dr. Ottenheimer went on to be an attending physician at Bronx Lebanon Hospital; later becoming Director of adolescent OB/GYN services and co-Director of the Adolescent and Young Adult Health Program. Dr. Ottenheimer is currently the Director of the Women’s Holistic Health Initiative at Harlem United/ URAM, Nest Community Health Center where she is focused on the development and implementation of a multispecialty medical service for women and girls affected by Female Genital Mutilation/ Cutting. Dr. Ottenheimer also maintains a private practice as part of Maiden Lane Medical where she provides gynecologic care for women and girls throughout their lives, with a particular focus on adolescents and young adults, as well as survivors of sexual trauma In addition to her clinical practice, Dr. Ottenheimer spends a significant portion of her professional time assisting asylum-seeking women who have suffered human rights violations. Dr. Ottenheimer serves as faculty at the Human Rights Program at the Ichan School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, the Weil Cornell Clinic for Human Rights, and the CUNY School of Medicine Human Rights Collaborative aiding victims of female genital mutilation/cutting, domestic violence, and sex trafficking in their applications for asylum. She has published and lectured extensively on human rights violations against women, with a focus on Female Genital Mutilation/ Cutting. She has also worked in Haiti, Rwanda, and Democratic Republic of Congo, helping to improve the health and lives of women in low resource settings.

The authors, presenters, and planning committee for this educational activity have no relevant financial relationships with ineligible companies to disclose.

Upon attending the course in its entirety (due to the criticality of the content) and completing the course evaluation, you will receive a certificate that documents the continuing nursing education contact hours for this activity.

The International Association of Forensic Nurses is accredited as a provider of nursing continuing professional development by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.

Availability: On-Demand
Access expires 365 days after start
Cost: Member: $0.00
Non-Member: $30.00
Credit Offered:
1.5 Contact Hours Credits
International Association of Forensic Nurses
6755 Business Parkway, Ste 303
Elkridge, MD 21075
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