Anthropology Section Interdisciplinary Session at the AAFS Meeting

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Source: Kristen Hartnett-McCann, PhD, Section Secretary

The Anthropology Section is excited to announce an interdisciplinary session titled Puerto Rico: Crossing Regional, Discipline, and Cultural Borders to Strengthen a Criminal Justice System. The Puerto Rico Forensic Science Bureau (FSB) has experienced severe hardship in the past several years resulting from financial concerns and natural disasters. The National Association of Attorneys General (NAAG) and the American Society of Crime Laboratory Directors (ASCLD) entered into a formal agreement to assist FSB. As part of the assistance, NAAG and ASCLD formed teams of volunteers, including medical examiners, anthropologists, and forensic laboratory practitioners, to assist with casework processing and backlog as well as to work to improve interagency relationships between the prosecutor’s office, law enforcement, and FSB. During the session, lessons learned will be presented from various perspectives and will be of interest to many of the forensic science disciplines. We hope you join us on Thursday, February 20, from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.

For further questions, please contact:
Jennifer C. Love, PhD
Forensic Anthropologist/Identification Supervisor
Office of the Chief Medical Examiner