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  NCJ Number: NCJ 214781   Add to Shopping cart   Find in a Library
  Title: Lessons Learned From 9/11: DNA Identification in Mass Fatality Incidents
  Document URL: PDF 
  Corporate Author: Kinship and Data Analysis Panel (KADAP)
United States of America
  Date Published: 09/2006
  Page Count: 142
  Annotation: Incorporating recommendations made by the Kinship and Data Analysis Panel (KADAP) on DNA protocols, laboratory techniques, and statistical approaches, this report discusses the integration of DNA identification into a mass fatality disaster plan.
  Abstract: After a mass fatality event, it is the job of the medical examiner to identify the victims so that death certificates can be issued. When DNA analysis is part of the identification process, the laboratory must ensure that: victim, reference, and kinship samples are accessioned into the laboratory system and documented by proper chain of custody; DNA is extracted and genotyped and that analysis of the genotype data is performed; samples are re-accessioned and accounted for, if outsourced; and a final administrative review comparing the DNA results to non-DNA metadata is conducted. This report, prepared by the Kinship and Data Analysis Panel (KADAP), a group of experts assembled by the National Institute of Justice to offer advice in the identification of those who died in the World Trade Center attack in 2001, addresses all these phases of a mass fatality DNA identification effort. It is organized by specific areas of management (before the incident, major decisions, managing expectations, project management, media relations, family coordination and liaison, information technology, sample tracking and management, sample analysis, statistical and other issues, procurement and vendor management, and quality control). This report acts as a guide or self-assessment which may help a laboratory consider whether it is ready to handle the identification of victims in a mass fatality incident. The report discusses the incorporation of DNA identification into a mass fatality disaster plan, including how to establish laboratory policies and procedures, assess the magnitude of an identification effort and acquire resources to respond, identify reference and kinship samples, create a comprehensive laboratory management plan, and establish lines of communication between agencies, victims’ families, and the media. Exhibits and appendixes A-I
  Main Term(s): Victim identification
  Index Term(s): Crime Laboratories (Crime Labs) ; Disaster procedures ; Coroners ; Emergency procedures ; Forensic medicine ; Terrorism/Mass Violence ; Crisis management ; Forensics/Forensic Sciences ; DNA fingerprinting
  Sponsoring Agency: National Institute of Justice (NIJ)
US Department of Justice
Office of Justice Programs
United States of America
  Sale Source: National Institute of Justice/NCJRS
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  Type: Policy/Procedure Handbook/Manual
  Country: United States of America
  Language: English
  Note: This report is part of the President's DNA intiative. The report was prepared by the Kinship and Data Analysis Panel (KADAP). Downloaded on September 12, 2006.
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