What is the Missing Migrant Program?

The Missing Migrant Program (MMP) seeks to prevent the loss of life amongst the migrant population traversing through the southern border in accordance with the Missing Persons and Unidentified Remains Act of 2019. (Description taken directly from US Customs and Border Protection website)

The National Institute of Justice’s Report to Congress: Needs Assessment of Forensic Laboratories and Medical Examiner/Coroner Offices

In conducting this needs assessment, the Department identified the importance of strengthening these types of efforts through the increased use and institutionalization of systems-based approaches. Further, this needs assessment compiles demonstrative evidence of how the field adapts to advancements in technology, changes in the volume and types of forensic evidence, and the evolving needs of the justice system, with particular focus on sexual assault evidence backlogs and the opioid crisis.

Needs Assessment of Forensic Laboratories and Medical Examiner/Coroner Offices

The Justice for All Reauthorization Act of 2016 (JFARA) mandated a needs assessment of forensic laboratories, which included an examination of workload, backlog,1 personnel, and equipment needs for both public crime laboratories and medical examiner and coroner (ME/C) offices. In conducting this needs assessment, the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) made efforts to integrate literature, stakeholder comments, and feedback from listening sessions in an extensive examination of the forensic science components currently operating in the United States. This community has seen many advances and promising practices in the past decade, some of which are featured in this report. (Description taken directly from report)

National Sexual Assault Kit Initiative – BJA Forensic Genetic Genealogy Resources

BJA recognizes that FGG can be a powerful investigative tool for resolving violent crimes. By combining traditional genealogy research methods with forensic DNA analysis, law enforcement can develop investigative leads that may assist in identifying an unknown perpetrator or an unidentified victim of a violent crime. This fact sheet highlights funding and technical resources offered by BJA in support of FGG and illustrates the impact FGG is having across BJA grantees. (Description taken from the SAKI TTA website)

Medical Examiner and Coroner Offices, 2018

Data in this report come from BJS’s 2018 Census of Medical Examiner and Coroner Offices (CMEC), which collected data on personnel, budget, workload, and policies of all ME/C offices in the United States. The 2018 CMEC is the second in a series that began in 2004.

Investigating Violent Crime: The Prosecutor’s Role

This paper tracks the various phases of an investigation and provides an overview of the issues discussed, along with representative descriptions of the approaches used and challenges faced by the participating jurisdictions. The examples are illustrative; they can vary with the circumstances and do not necessarily include the approach
of each participant’s office. The goal is to prompt further thought and discussion in the field on best practice solutions. (Description taken directly from the document)

Forensic Genetic Genealogy Laboratory Considerations and Technology Limitations

The application of forensic genetic genealogy (FGG) has technological limitations and will not resolve every case. By taking the time to thoroughly evaluate cases and associated evidence with both local crime laboratory representatives and FGG vendor laboratory representatives, law enforcement investigators can greatly increase the chances of attaining successful case resolutions with FGG. This brief provides the SAKI TTA Team’s guidance on evidence submission based on current successes seen within the field and suggested questions to consider when choosing a FGG laboratory vendor. (Description taken from the SAKI TTA website)