victim services

Meet Our Team: Christeen Badie

At DC Forensic Nurse Examiners (DCFNE), our team is made up of more than just nurses! Meet Christeen Badie, MSW, LGSW, our Program Manager for partnerships.

Tell us a little bit about your background in the field of sexual assault and domestic violence.

I started working with survivors of domestic violence in 2011 at a culturally specific non-profit that focused on serving the African, Middle Eastern, and South Asian communities in all five boroughs of New York City. I specialized in providing services to families who spoke Arabic and had child welfare involvement as a result of domestic violence. Following that experience, I attended graduate school, and during my first field practicum I trained service providers throughout the state of New Jersey about commercial sexual exploitation of children. I also worked in Newark, New Jersey, where I provided clinical services to children who experienced sexual abuse.

What drew you to your position here at DCFNE?

I applied to work at DCFNE because I believe in the mission of reducing the impact of violence. The first few days after an assault are critical to the recovery of a survivor, and I wanted to work at an organization that focused on providing the best possible aftercare.

What is your favorite part of your role as Program Manager?

My favorite aspect of my role is the opportunity to work to reduce barriers of entry to care. Throughout my career, I’ve been passionate about this critical issue. Through partnership building and community awareness, I am able to have the opportunity to make a difference in how survivors access our services. When I hear that survivors feel empowered when accessing care and during their exams, it truly makes my day!

Tell us about the accomplishment you are most proud of related to your work here at DCFNE.

Since I began working at DCFNE in April of 2018, I’m most proud of the impact made by increasing community knowledge about forensic nursing care. I have learned through my partnership work that many providers, both medical and non-medical, were not aware of the specialized care forensic nurses provide to survivors every day. During my time at DCFNE thus far, I have been able to reach more than 35 organization and nearly 1000 people through educational presentations and events, ensuring that professionals have the knowledge needed to explain, empower, and refer survivors of sexual assault or intimate partner violence for forensic nursing care. I am proud to be part of an organization that is dedicated to offering compassionate care to survivors in the aftermath of a traumatic experience. Our nurses are truly leaders in this field and we are always looking for ways to improve, in order to best serve survivors. 

New Year, New Leadership!

Greetings!

At the beginning of this month, District of Columbia Forensic Nurse Examiners said hello to a new Executive Director (that’s me!) and for the first time in the history of our nonprofit, there is a nurse at the helm. This is such an exciting time for our organization, but before I start telling you all the great things we have in store for 2019, I wanted to take the time to introduce myself.My name is Erin Pollitt. I have been a registered nurse for twelve years, seven of which I have spent specializing in forensics.  I spent five of those years working as a Forensic Nurse in Baltimore City, caring for patients who had experienced sexual assault, domestic violence, abuse/neglect, and human trafficking, as well as suspects of crime. I joined DCFNE as the Nurse Manager in 2016, managing our clinical staff and providing direct patient care. I am thankful to have had the opportunity to learn about our organization from the ground up.Prior to my work at DCFNE, I was aware of its commitment to excellence in Forensic Nursing, and I am excited to continue building our reputation as expert clinicians in the Washington D.C. Metropolitan Area and throughout the United States. The community-based Forensic Nursing model which is embodied here is truly something special. I am proud of the compassionate care and services DCFNE provides to our patients, none of which would be possible without the dedication of our amazing team. Thank you for coming on this journey with us. I look forward to sharing many future successes with you! 

Sincerely,

Erin Pollitt, MHA, BSN, RN, FNE-A, SANE-A