United States Department of Justice Interim Policy on Forensic Genetic Genealogical DNA Analysis and Searching Announced

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Source: Zeno J. Geradts, PhD, 2019-20 President

The Department of Justice has just announced at the International Symposium on Human Identification a new interim policy on forensic genetic genealogical DNA analysis and searching. This interim policy becomes effective November 1, 2019. Stakeholders will have the opportunity to comment on the policy before it becomes a final product. The interim policy applies to Department of Justice forensic science components and to investigations in which Department employees or contractors conduct genealogical research. It also applies to state, local, and tribal agencies or units of government that receive federal funding or grant funding for purposes of genetic genealogical DNA analysis or searching. This is an important step forward in developing a consistent national policy on the use of this new technology and the AAFS welcomes the work of the Department of Justice. Click HERE to view the policy.