DNA / Forensics
(See related pages: Sexual Violence / Assault and Sexual Violence / Assault on Campus.)
DNA Initiative – to improve the use of DNA in the criminal justice system — especially in federal, state, and local forensic laboratories — by providing funding, training, and assistance to ensure that this technology reaches its full potential to solve crimes, protect the innocent and identify missing persons, Washington, DC. See Multimedia Resources.
DNA Resource Center, The National Center for Victims of Crime – raising awareness of the importance of forensic DNA as a tool to help solve and prevent crime and bring justice to victims. We have partnered with Applied Biosystems of Life Technologies and the Office for Victims of Crime to provide trainings and resources, Washington, DC.
Untested Sexual Assault Kits: Making Victims Part of the Solution – in partnership with the Office on Violence Against Women, is pleased to offer training, technical assistance, and resources communities can use to create victim-centered responses to the problem of backlogged and untested sexual assault kits (SAKs). We hope these tools will help jurisdictions betters support victims and sensitively and knowledgeably address victims' rights and needs during the backlog reduction process.
End the Backlog – an effort, created by the Joyful Heart Foundation, dedicated to shining a light on and ending the rape kit backlog ~ hundreds of thousands of rape kits collected in the aftermath of a sexual assault, sitting untested in police and crime lab facilities.
Forensic Compliance with VAWA 2005 Technical Assistance – many professionals across the country are aware of the challenges facing local jurisdictions in establishing a community response system that is compliant with the provisions of VAWA 2005. End Violence Against Women International is now providing technical assistance on this topic. We can offer information, resources, and guidance as needed in this complex and challenging area, Addy, WA.
Forensic Science Technician – provides individuals who are considering becoming a forensic science technician with unbiased and straightforward information about what the process entailes and some subtle differences between types of forensic science degrees. Read Blog.
Association of Forensic Nurses – is the only international professional organization of registered nurses formed exclusively to develop, promote, and disseminate information about the science of forensic nursing, Arnold, MD.
Annual Reports: 2011 and 2012
Online Learning Center
Watch the IAFN Documentary:
Part 1 ~ Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner
Part 2 ~ Nurse Death Investigation
Part 3 ~ General Clinical Forensic Nursing Practice
NamUS (National Missing and Unidentified Persons System), U.S. Department of Justice – a clearinghouse for missing persons and unidentified decedent records. NamUs is a free online system that can be searched by medical examiners, coroners, law enforcement officials and the general public to solve these cases. NamUS also provides free DNA testing and other forensic services, such as anthropology and odontology assistance.
Natasha's Justice Project – founded in 2011, NJP works to end the rape kit backlog for good. We work through research, public education and media outreach. We also offer travel grants so that survivors can be present at their attackers' trials, Washington, DC.
Sexual Assault Forensic Examiner Technical Assistance (SAFE-TA), International Association of Forensic Nurses – the purpose of this project is to help disseminate and provide technical assistance for the Sexual Assault Forensic Examination Protocol of 2004 (SAFE Protocol of 2004), released as a component of the President’s DNA Initiative, Arnold, MD.
A Simplified Guide To Forensic Science, National Forensic Science Technology Center – this website provides a reliable, easily accessible resource for non-scientists that covers the core concepts, capabilities and limitations of key forensic science disciplines. In addition, this effort provides an international perspective where possible; experts from several countries contributed content and resources, Largo, FL.