Welcome to the DNA Resource Center

We are committed to raising awareness about the importance of forensic DNA as a tool to help solve and prevent crime and bring justice to victims.

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DNA Resource Center Training Opportunities


  • Into the Lab: Mandatory Testing of Sexual Assault Kits

    April 25, 2014 2:00 PM
    Illinois (in 2009) and Texas (in 2011) enacted state laws mandating the testing of sexual assault kits (SAKs). Both laws required audits of the untested sexual assault kits that had languished for years in evidence storage rooms as well as timely testing of all sexual assault kits moving forward. This webinar will describe how the Illinois and Texas laws came about, key aspects of both states’ laws, results of the statewide audits and impact of the laws on the criminal justice system and victims of sexual assault. Speakers will discuss barriers to passage of these laws, challenges to implementation, and wish lists for improvement.




  • Untested Rape Kits: the Issue, the Impact, and the Response

    June 10, 2014 1:00 PM
    This webinar focuses on our nation’s untested sexual assault kit problem, the impact on victims’ lives, how it differs from the “rape kit backlog,” and innovative federal and state policy initiatives underway to address the issue.




What people are saying . . . 

"I spent 10 years as a law enforcement legal instructor at a police academy and this presentation...would be invaluable to any law enforcement officer."

"I was extremely impressed with the level of expertise of the guest speakers. Each session was well presented, and it was an extreme pleasure to attend."

"I will be a better prosecutor because of this training and my additional understanding of DNA."


Some of the resources in the DNA Resource Center were developed with funding under cooperative agreements 2009-SZ-B9-K010, awarded by the Office for Victims of Crime, Office of Justice Programs, U.S. Department of Justice and 2011-TA-AX-K048, awarded by the Office on Violence Against Women, U.S. Department of Justice. The opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed herein are those of the contributors and do not necessarily represent the official position or policies of the U.S. Department of Justice. 

Some of the resources in the DNA Resource Center were also developed with funding from our partner, Life Technologies.