Texas Forensic Nurses Examiners (TXFNE) provide hospitals and clinics with a forensic nurse when an in-depth and legally binding exam is necessary for an arriving patient who has been victimized by a violent crime, domestic violence, or human-trafficking related injuries. TXFNE is part of the coordinated community response team that will provide the supporting exam evidence to a crime. After law enforcement is called to a crime scene and determines that the victim of the crime should have a forensic exam, TXFNE provides the exam that will be used in court, as well as the caring support that comes from a nurse.
What is a Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner?
Sexual Assault Nurse Examiners (SANE) are registered nurses who have specialized knowledge and skills to care for the patient who has experienced sexual assault.
The Importance of the Medical Forensic Exam in Human Trafficking Cases
How Does TXFNE Help Victims of Trafficking?
TXFNE closes the gap in medical forensic services for victims of trafficking. The medical forensic management of this population is crucial. First, the victim has immediate healthcare needs that include prophylaxis for sexually transmitted infection, HIV and pregnancy as well as an overall physical assessment for their well-being, assessment of injuries and other trauma. Secondly, victims have immediate needs from an evidentiary standpoint, and an exam by a trained and certified forensic nurse is essential.
The TXFNE forensic nurse is vital to connecting victims with healing and recovery services provided by our community partners and NGOs, including the YMCA, The Landing and Houston Area Women's Center (HAWC). TXFNE has specially trained forensic nurses to diagnose and treat this vulnerable population. Secondly, because trafficking victims are at high risk for many long-term medical issues, including gastrointestinal issues from poor nutrition, reproductive concerns, and psychological issues, connection to medical services and organizations we partner with can prevent these disabling medical issues.