JOINING FORCES: The Capabilities, Limitations and Significance of DNA Testing Methods

Rebekah Kay presents “To Collect or Not to Collect: The Capabilities, Limitations and Significance of DNA Testing Methods in Cases Involving Children” on Monday morning from 10:15 to 11:45 at our 25th Annual Joining Forces Conference.

The past decade has seen great advances in a powerful criminal justice tool:  DNA can be used to identify criminals with incredible accuracy when biological evidence exists. It can also be used to clear suspects mistakenly accused or convicted of crimes. DNA technology is increasingly vital to ensuring accuracy and fairness in the criminal justice system. This presentation will address the question of when, if, what and how to collect potential DNA evidence.  We will also examine the capabilities and limitations of DNA testing methods as well as the significance of the results.

Rebekah Kay is a Senior Forensic Scientist at the Utah Bureau of Forensic Services.  She received her master’s degree from the University of Florida with a concentration in forensic science and has over seven years experience working as a Forensic DNA Analyst in both public and private laboratories.  In addition to presenting at several national conferences, she has published on Y-STR analysis and has taught local law enforcement, nurses, and attorneys the capabilities, limitations and significance of DNA testing.

Visit our website to register for our 25th Annual Joining Forces Conference on Child Abuse and Family Violence being held November 12-14.

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