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Nancy Cabelus, DNP, RN

Position: Senior Fellow; Adjunct Professor; Director-at-Large
Affiliation: CUNY-Hunter College; Univ. of St. Francis, Joliet, IL; Doctors of Nursing Practice LLC
Nancy Cabelus, DNP, RN

Nancy Cabelus, DNP, RN, brings a unique perspective to human rights work as a forensic nurse and a retired Connecticut State Trooper.

While employed by the Connecticut State Police, she was assigned to the major crimes unit where she was responsible for investigating crimes of homicide, sexual assault, and other high profile criminal incidents.

Nancy has served as a senior law enforcement advisor to the US Department of Justice and has taken a cross-sectoral approach to combatting sexual and gender based violence.

In Kenya, she was the program manager for the Women’s Justice & Empowerment Initiative for two years. While based there, she trained approximately 1,000 police officers on gender-based violence investigations and also initiated a Sexual Assault Forensic Examiner (SAFE) program for medical personnel in Kenya’s largest teaching hospital.

Nancy’s research topic of interest is human trafficking. She continues to lecture internationally on prevention of sexual violence and trafficking.

Nancy is a senior fellow for City University of New York, Hunter College, Center for Health Media and Policy and an adjunct professor at University of St. Francis, School of Nursing, Joliet, IL. She is also a co-founder and director-at-large of Doctors of Nursing Practice, LLC.

Nancy is a clinical nurse specialist in forensic nursing. She holds a Masters degree in forensic nursing from Quinnipiac University and a Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) in forensic nursing from the University of Tennessee Health Sciences Center, Memphis, TN. She is the 2010 recipient of the International Association of Forensic Nurses, Virginia A. Lynch Pioneer Award in Forensic Nursing.

Nancy joined PHR in 2011 as a forensic consultant on PHR’s Sexual Violence in Conflict Zones Program and also is a member of PHR’s Asylum Network.