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DNA Webinar Archive

  • Denver's Burglary DNA Project: Catching Criminals and Serving Victims

    September 11, 2011 8:00 PM
    Hear District Attorney Mitch Morrissey describe the elements of Denver's Burglary DNA Project and elaborate on the program's successes. Learn about the significant drop in the burglary rate after the program's implementation, and the annual savings it brings to the citizens of Denver. Steve Siegel, Director, Special Programs Unit, Denver Colorado, presents information about the impact of burglary on victims and the types of services available.

  • Using DNA in Non-Stranger Sexual Assault Cases

    August 27, 2011 8:00 PM
    Most victim advocates are familiar with the importance of using DNA in stranger rape cases, but many may not understand how DNA can be used effectively in court in non-stranger sexual assault cases. Learn from Patti Powers, Senior Deputy Prosecuting Attorney, Yakima County Prosecutor's Office, the prosecutor's perspective why we should be paying attention to forensic evidence in sexual assault cases when consent is the defense.

  • Local DNA Databases: The Power to Solve and Prevent More Crime

    August 22, 2011 8:00 PM
    Chris Asplen, Vice President, Gordon Thomas Honeywell Governmental Affairs, and Sergeant William McVey, Criminal Investigations Unit, Bensalem Police Department (PA), speak about the power of using local DNA databases to more efficiently investigate and solve crime, in particular property and drug crime. Learn how one police department uses drug forfeiture money to pay for its DNA program, which increases drug convictions while generating even more drug forfeiture funds. Our program will show how local databases can provide DNA match data directly to police officers, making investigations more efficient and ultimately reducing crime.

  • Supporting Survivors After an Exoneration

    July 6, 2011 8:00 PM
    Monica Urbaniak, MS, LMFT-S, Sexual Assault Therapist, Dallas Area Rape Crisis Center, speaks about the profound impact of DNA exonerations and wrongful convictions on survivors of crime. Our presenter will share her experience working with survivors in cases that result in DNA (and other) exonerations and provide tips and tools for providing support throughout the post-conviction and exoneration process.

  • Working Cold Cases 101: Two Case Studies

    November 30, 2010 7:00 PM
    Learn from a 35-year law enforcement veteran and cold case investigator Sergeant Mike Huff, Homicide Unit Supervisor, Tulsa Police Department (co-founder, International Association of Cold Case Investigators), about solving cold cases and homicide investigation. Sgt. Huff will present two cases to explore best practices and ways to prevent cases from going cold. Hear about the formation and mission of the International Association of Cold Case Investigators.

  • Forensic Nurse Examiners: Beyond Sexual Assault Examinations

    September 28, 2010 8:00 PM
    Most victim advocates are familiar with the role of the sexual assault nurse examiner (SANE), but many may not know about the unique work of a forensic nurse examiner (FNE). This webinar, presented by Jennifer Pierce-Weeks, Manager, Forensic Nurse Examiner Program, Memorial Hospital, Colorado Springs, Colorado, aims to increase understanding about the work of FNEs and collection of evidence in domestic violence, child abuse, elder abuse, and other crimes. Through this webinar victim service providers and other participants will become familiar with the importance of the medical forensic exam for DNA collection in crimes other than sexual assault and why having such trained examiners is important to survivors.

  • Victims' Rights and Services During Post-Conviction and Exoneration Proceedings

    August 24, 2010 8:00 PM
    This webinar will increase the capacity of victim service providers and allied professionals to support victims in post-conviction and DNA exoneration proceedings. Participants will learn about the profound impact of exonerations on survivors. Meg Garvin, Executive Director, National Crime Victim Law Institute and Chris Jenkins, Victim Witness Coordinator, Dallas County District Attorney's Office, discuss what those who work with victims need to know about victims' needs and services and which victims' rights could apply in post-conviction DNA testing cases.

  • Using DNA Evidence to Solve Missing Persons, Homicide, and Trafficking Cases

    August 10, 2010 8:00 PM
    Art Eisenberg, PhD, University of North Texas Center for Human Identification; Officer G.W. Adams, University of North Texas Health Science Center Police Department; and B.J. Spamer, University of North Texas Center for Human Identification, Forensic Services Unit, present an overview of the University of North Texas's human identification program and how they are using DNA and the national DNA database to bring closure to missing persons and homicide cases. Participants will learn what law enforcement, victim service providers, and other professionals can do to provide guidance to families of missing loved ones.  Presenters will discuss innovative uses of DNA to prevent human trafficking.

  • Sexual Assault Nurse Examiners and Victim Sensitive Evidence Collection

    March 1, 2010 7:00 PM
    This webinar aims to increase understanding about the role Sexual Assault Nurse Examiners (SANEs) play in the proper collection of forensic evidence and in providing a supportive and empowering response to survivors. Participants will learn from Kim Day, RN, FNE A/P, SANE-A, Safe Technical Assistance Coordinator For the International Association of Forensic Nurses (IAFN); Jacqui Callari Robinson, RN, SANE-A, Director Prevention and Health Care Service, Wisconsin Coalition Against Sexual Assault, about how SANEs increase the probability of obtaining probative DNA evidence while minimizing trauma for survivors and how the involvement of SANEs increase prosecution rates.

  • Recovering Forensic DNA Evidence from Crime Scenes

    February 24, 2010 7:00 PM
    Retired Detective Sergeant Joe Blozis covers best-practice strategies for conducting quality crime scene investigation, collecting, documenting, packaging, transporting, and storing biological and touch DNA evidence as well as providing court testimony. The speaker, retired senior sergeant in the NYPD Crime Scene Unit, will cover evidence collection in burglary cases and discuss "touch DNA."

  • DNA 101: Demystifying CODIS and DNA Profiles for Victim Service Providers

    February 7, 2010 7:00 PM
    This webinar will increase the capacity of victim service providers to provide victims with informed and sensitive guidance related to matters involving forensic DNA. Through this webinar, victim service providers and other participants will become familiar with the forensic DNA testing process and how forensic DNA profiles are generated from evidence and matched through the Combined DNA Index System (CODIS). Angelo Della Manna, Chief of Forensic Biology & DNA, Alabama Department of Forensic Sciences explains how CODIS functions in forensic crime laboratories in the United States, its architecture, eligibility requirements for DNA samples (offender, crime scene, missing persons), and describe the various types of DNA analysis that can be performed in crime labs. He will also address concerns about genetic privacy, including what information forensic DNA profiles contain and who is authorized by federal law to have access to the national database.

  • A Prosecutor's Perspective on Innovative Uses of DNA

    January 13, 2010 7:00 PM
    Mitch Morrissey, District Attorney, Denver, Colorado, covers the innovative uses of forensic DNA being employed by prosecutors and police in Denver, Colorado. Participants will learn about collecting DNA evidence in property crimes; using "John Doe warrants" to prevent the statute of limitations from running out; investigating cold cases based on DNA hits and techniques for interrogating suspects in such cases; and generating investigative leads by searching DNA databases for "close matches" that might be relatives of an unknown offender.

  • Solving Property Crimes with Forensic DNA

    December 8, 2009 7:00 PM
    Retired Detective Sergeant Joe Blozis and Mitch Morrisey, Denver District Attorney present on two innovative programs: in New York City and Denver, where DNA evidence is being regularly collected and tested in burglary cases. Burglary is a highly recidivistic crime, and one that can be a "gateway" to violent crimes. The speakers will discuss the successes of these programs and what is required to expand your jurisdiction's use of DNA to property crimes.