In joint collaboration, the Academy of Forensic Nursing (AFN) and Doctors Against Forced Organ Harvesting (DAFOH) hosted the inaugural Nurses Summit to Combat and Prevent Forced Organ Harvesting on November 1, 2022.
They share a unified vision to protect and promote ethical medical and nursing practices worldwide. With the goal of advancing this mission and disseminating knowledge, this summit highlighted the importance of the topic of the crime of forced organ harvesting to the global nursing community.
The Nurses Summit featured nursing scholars, leaders, human rights experts and eye witnesses who are passionate about raising awareness about this problem, preventing collusion and to seeing it end.
Host and Speaker
Deborah Collins-Perrica, MSN, CNS, APRN
Deborah Collins-Perrica is Dir. of Nursing Affairs for DAFOH, and a media consultant on raising awareness of transplant tourism and unethical forced organ harvesting from living people in China. Formerly a psychiatric clinician for the Department of Defense, she is in private psychiatric practice specializing in trauma, while serving as adjunct faculty for graduate and doctoral nursing programs at Univ. of Saint Joseph and as a psychiatric consultant to Goodwin University, CT, USA.
Kathleen Thimsen, DrNP, MSN, RN, WOCN/ET, FNE, DF-AFN
Dr. Thimsen received a post- Masters certificate from Johns Hopkins University and Doctorate of Nursing Practice from Regis University. An awarded expert speaker and author on forensic nursing, education, wound care, and community health, she is a member and consultant with national nursing boards and co-founder of the Academy of Forensic Nursing and the Forensic Nursing Certification Board.
1. Deborah Collins-Perrica, MSN, CNS, APRN
2. Ning Shi, Witness
Originally from mainland China, Ning Shi now lives in the US.
3. Ethan Gutmann, Investigative Journalist
Ethan Gutmann is an award-winning China analyst and human-rights investigator. He is a Senior Research Fellow in China Studies at the Victims of Communism Memorial Foundation whose work has investigated surveillance and organ harvesting in China. He is the author of the award winning book, “The Slaughter: Mass Killings, Organ Harvesting, and China’s Secret Solution to Its Dissident Problem,” articles for the Asian Wall Street Journal, Investor’s Business Daily, The Weekly Standard, National Review, World Affairs Journal, and other publications.
4. Jiang Li, Witness
Originally from mainland China, Jiang Li now lives in the US.
5. Ecoee Rooney, DNP, RN, AFN-C, NPD-BC, SANE-A, DF-AFN, Ochsner Health System
Dr. Rooney, a recognized expert in forensic nursing and nursing leadership, is Dir. of Nursing Leadership Development for Ochsner Health and Pres. of the LA State Nurses Ass. She was recently named a Distinguished Fellow of the Academy of Forensic Nursing and is the Founding Chair of the Ethics Committee for the Academy of Forensic Nursing. A renowned speaker, she has presented workshops on recovering from conflict and trauma for international participants including former prisoners of war and those serving in refugee camps.
6. Arthur L. Caplan, PhD, Mitty Professor of Bioethics, Director NYU Grossman School of Medicine
Dr. Caplan is a renowned professor and researcher of medical ethics who is widely published and an expert on the topic of ethics in transplant medicine. He is head of the Division of Bioethics at New York Univ. Langone Medical Center and former chair of the Dept. of Medical Ethics, and the Sidney D. Caplan Professor of Bioethics at the Univ of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine in Philadelphia.
7. Rose Eva Constantino, PhD, JD, RN, FACFE, FAAN, Univ. of Pittsburgh School of Nursing
Dr. Constantino is an Associate Professor and Fulbright Scholar. A BSN graduate of Adventist Univ, Philippines; then MSN, and a Ph.D. at Univ of Pittsburgh, and a JD (law) at Duquesne Univ. She teaches Forensic Nursing at the Univ of Pittsburgh School of Nursing Forensic Nursing.
8. Géraldine Monti, IDE, DE Pediatrics, Palliative Care, Secretary of the European Branch of DAFOH
Géraldine Monti, a generalist and pediatric nurse, works in the field of inpatient and community based palliative care and coordination. She has an interest in benevolence and ethics in nursing and the relationship between caregiver and patient. She acts as secretary of the European branch of Doctors Against Forced Organ Harvesting-France, raising awareness among the nursing community about forced organ harvesting from living people.
9. Debra Holbrook, MSN, RN, FNE-A/P, SANE-A, DF-AFN, FAAN, Mercy Med. Center, Baltimore, MD USA / President Elect Academy of Forensic Nursing
Debra Holbrook is an expert consultant for the U.S. Depts. of Justice and Defense on forensic nursing science, and founder of the Forensic Nurse Examiner Program, the model for the U.S. (US Senate, 2002). Her testimony before Congress and the Senate Judicial Subcommittees on Crime and Drugs facilitated the DNA Justice Act. A Fellow to the American Academy of Nursing, and recipient of international awards she is acting Dir. of Forensic Nursing at Mercy Medical Center in Baltimore, MD which coordinates care to victims of interpersonal violence.
10. Theresa Chu, Chairman, Legal Commission of Universal Declaration on Combating and Preventing Forced Organ Harvesting
Theresa Chu is an international human rights lawyer working against the persecution of Falun Gong on a pro bono basis. She has supported changes to human rights laws as a government advisor. An expert lecturer, Chu has spoken before government officials, human rights organizations and members of parliament about human rights issues and the collective lawsuits by Falun Gong practitioners from countries around the world.
11. Deborah Collins-Perrica, MSN, CNS, APRN
12. Jennifer Johnson, DNP, APRN, WHNP-BC, AFN-BC, SANE-A, SANE-P, President, Academy of Forensic Nurses
Dr. Johnson, President of AFN, is a Women’s Health Nurse Practitioner and an advanced Forensic Nurse. She serves as a legal consultant in nursing standards of care, child abuse/neglect, sexual assault and medical negligence/malpractice and cases of negligent death.
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