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The International Association of Forensic Nurses (IAFN) was awarded grant funding from the Office on Violence Against Women (OVW) for this resource center, which we call the Indigenous Sexual Assault and Abuse Clearinghouse (ISAAC) project.

We are developing a unique approach to delivering training and providing resources, education, technical assistance, and support to professionals addressing sexual assault and abuse in Tribal Communities. The IAFN ISAAC project will supplement and support the work of the Southwest Center for Law and Policy (SWCLAP) National Indian Country Clearinghouse on Sexual Assault (NICCSA) project by: 

  • Providing technical assistance and training for tribal communities to assist them with enhancing or establishing coordinated community response models such as a Sexual Assault Nurse/Forensic Examiner (SANE/SAFE) project or a Sexual Assault Response Team (SART);

  • Providing technical assistance and training to tribal governments and tribal courts on effective responses to sexual assault through web-based technology, regional training and on-site assistance;

  • Providing programming and services to address the unique environmental, cultural and traditional needs for Alaska tribal governments and villages.

The ISAAC team believes that our strength lies not only in the words we stand by, but most importantly through the actions of our initiatives. We believe by working together we can overcome challenges  more efficiently, and that is why we are working closely with our partners to deliver up-to-date training to Alaska and Indian Country.

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"One must be wise in knowing what to prepare for and equally wise in being prepared for the unknowable."


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