Monthly Archives: August 2017


Hurricane Harvey: A Message from the Officers and Staff of AAFS

Source: Betty Layne DesPortes, JD, MS, 2017-18 President Our thoughts and prayers are with our colleagues in Louisiana and Texas, particularly in the Houston area, who have experienced the devastating effects of Hurricane Harvey and its aftermath. Members who wish to help are encouraged to make donations to the American Red Cross.


President’s Message – August 2017

Source: Betty Layne DesPortes, JD, MS, 2017-18 President The week of August 21-25, 2017, I had the pleasure of attending the 21st Triennial Meeting of the International Association of Forensic Sciences (IAFS) in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. The opening ceremony highlighted the global span of the 1,440 delegates from 86 countries and 6 continents. IAFS President Michael Pollanen […]


Naloxone Position Statement

Source:  Betty Layne DesPortes, JD, MS, AAFS President On August 7, 2017, after reviewing input from the membership and convening by conference call to discuss the matter, the AAFS Board of Directors voted to adopt the position statement on access to naloxone at the worksite proposed by the Synthetic Opioid Ad Hoc Committee. The Board […]


Statement of the AAFS Board of Directors on DAG Rosenstein’s Remarks Concerning Forensic Science

Source: Betty Layne DesPortes, JD, MS, AAFS President The American Academy of Forensic Sciences (AAFS) looks forward to working with the Justice Department and others to advance forensic science. Forensic science is a crucial tool in the search for the truth that must be available to all participants in the justice system. Collaboration with the […]


The Department of Justice (DOJ) Announces Uniform Language Projects, Appointment of Senior Advisor on Forensics

  Source:  Betty Layne DesPortes, JD, MS, AAFS President The DOJ today announced two new projects relating to forensic science. The projects will develop guidelines for examiner testimony and reports and will implement a testimony-monitoring program to ensure compliance with the uniform language standards. The DOJ press release announcing the projects is here. Deputy Attorney […]


Survey Responses to a Proposed Position Statement on Access to Naloxone at the Worksite

Source:  Betty Layne DesPortes, JD, MS, AAFS President On July 17, 2017, the Board of Directors notified the membership that the AAFS Synthetic Opioid Ad Hoc Committee had submitted a committee report and a proposed position statement for consideration by the Board of Directors concerning access to naloxone by first responders and forensic service providers […]


Young Forensic Scientists Forum (YFSF) Bring Your Own Poster or Bring Your Own Slides

Sources:  Jeremy Manheim, BYOP Chair, Alexandria Anstett, MS, BYOP Co-Chair, Alyssa J. Badgley, MS, BYOS Chair, and Ashley E. Foster, MAS, BYOS Co-Chair The BYOP and BYOS organizers are excited about your abstract submissions for the 2018 AAFS Annual Scientific Meeting in Seattle, WA! The BYOP and BYOS sessions provide young forensic scientists the opportunity […]