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We are the nation's leading resource and advocacy organization for crime victims and those who serve them. Please join us as we forge a national commitment to help victims of crime rebuild their lives.

Past Events

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

February 7, 2010 7:00 PM - February 8, 2010 6:59 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.