Daily Archives: September 23, 2010

China’s crackdown on human trafficking frees 16,517 abducted women, children

People’s Daily Online China
Chinese police freed 10,621 women and 5,896 children who had been abducted for human trafficking as of September 6,since the Ministry of Public Security launched a crackdown on trafficking the crime in April last year.

Bill aims to strengthen response to rape

International Business Times
Every two and half minutes, someone is sexually assaulted in the United States. Actually the incidence is greater, since the calculation is based, as it only can be, on rapes and sexual assaults that are reported. That’s more than 200,000 reported cases a year. Over 80 percent of the victims are women.

Florence County crime lab to have regional impact

SC Now.com South Carolina
EFFINGHAM — Officials at the Florence County Sheriff’s Office said they believe they are on track to debut a new, state-of-the-art crime lab at the Law Enforcement Complex in summer 2011.

DNA test may identify remains found in western Tooele County

TOOELE, Utah (ABC 4 News) – DNA analysis is now being conducted on remains found this summer in Tooele County. The remains – an intact skeleton – were found at a potash plant 12 miles southeast of Wendover, Utah.

DNA Leads To Arrest For 17-Year-Old Rape

The Gothamist
A Virginia drug dealer faces 25 years in prison after DNA evidence led to his indictment for the 1993 rape of a 16-year-old NYC girl. Alberto Barriera, 46, has been charged with first degree rape, robbery and burglary after he attacked the teenage victim when she was returning to her LES home, took her money and jewelry, choked her and sexually assaulted her. District Attorney Cyrus Vance said in a statement, “It is impossible to overstate the importance of expanding the New York State DNA databank to include DNA collection upon conviction for all Penal Law crimes — felonies and misdemeanors, as this case starkly shows.”

Forensic Science Program consistently ranked in the top ten

Penn State Live
The Penn State Forensic Science Program includes courses that expose students to many areas of forensic science, including crime-scene investigation, skeletal-remains collection, hair and fiber analyses, and DNA testing.

$5.4M Awarded to Marshall University Forensic Science Center

WSAZ Channel 3 West VA
WASHINGTON, D.C. (WSAZ) — Thursday it was announced funding secured by Senator Byrd totaling $5,430,000, and an additional competitive grant award of $540,752, have been awarded to the Marshall University Forensic Science Center for advanced academic research in criminal forensics technologies.

Texas Forensic Science Commission refuses to end inquiry into Willingham arson case

Dallas Morning News
The Texas Forensic Science Commission rebelled Friday against its head commissioner, refusing to accept his draft report clearing arson investigators of misconduct or negligence in a 1991 fatal fire where flawed science was used to determine the blaze was intentionally set.

Lockheed Martin and ZyGEM Accelerate DNA Identification for Law Enforcement, Homeland Security and Defense Communities

Lockheed Martin Press Release
TAMPA, Fla., September 22nd, 2010 — Lockheed Martin [NYSE: LMT] and ZyGEM Corp. Ltd. today are unveiling a new DNA analysis system that has potential to transform how law enforcement, homeland security and defense communities use DNA-based identification in support of their missions.

The prototype, called RapI.D.™, will be previewed at a 2010 Biometric Consortium Conference special session on Rapid DNA. The day-long session is sponsored by the FBI’s Criminal Justice Information Services (CJIS) division.