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Combining Efforts to Identify the Missing: A United States/Mexico DNA Project

Award Information

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Funding Category
Congressional District
Funding First Awarded
Total funding (to date)

Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2013, $384,539)

The Conference of Western Attorneys General proposes a program where five Mexican states that have a high rate of migration into the U.S. will submit a total of 600 family reference samples and 75 unidentified remains cases to qualified laboratories in the U.S. The resultant DNA profiles will be entered into CODIS 7.0. Attorney Generals (AGs) offices from these states in Mexico (all state laboratories in Mexico are under the states Attorney General) have endorsed this proposal and have signed Memorandums of Understanding (MOU) which commit them to submit samples and follow sample handling, transport and reporting requirements. The MOUs also commit these states to submit case information associated with the samples for entry into NamUs.


Date Created: August 21, 2013