The National Institute of Justice (NIJ) is the research, development, and evaluation agency of the U.S. Department of Justice and is dedicated to researching crime control and justice issues. NIJ provides objective, independent, evidence-based knowledge and tools to meet the challenges of crime and justice, particularly at the State and local levels.
P.H.I. Investigative Consultants, Inc. provides state-of-the-art instruction and consultation in homicide and forensic case investigations for law enforcement agencies throughout the United States and Canada.
The National Forensic Science Technology Center (NFSTC) is a not-for-profit corporation funded by a cooperative agreement with the National Institute of Justice (NIJ) and provides programs that build individual competency and quality systems for the forensic science community in the U.S.
The Forensic Blog hosted by the National Museum of Crime & Punishment in Washington, DC, hosts this blog which provides insights into the historical and current issues of crime.
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Forensic Science Communications is a peer-reviewed forensic science journal published quarterly in January, April, July, and October by FBI Laboratory personnel. It is a means of communication between forensic scientists.
The American Academy of Forensic Sciences, a nonprofit professional society organized in 1948, is devoted to the improvement, the administration, and the achievement of justice through the application of science to the law.
The mission of the Mid-Atlantic Association of Forensic Scientists is to encourage the exchange and dissemination of ideas and information within the fields of recognized forensic sciences through improving contacts between persons and laboratories engaged in the forensic sciences; to stimulate research and the development of new and/or improved techniques; and, to promote high standards of performance and facilitate professional acknowledgment of persons working in recognized forensic science disciplines.
The purpose of the Midwestern Association of Forensic Scientists is to encourage the exchange of ideas and information within the forensic sciences by improving contacts between people and laboratories engaged in forensic science. MAFS supports and stimulates research and development of new and/or improved techniques, and works to promote the improvement of professional expertise of persons working in the field of forensic science through education, scientific seminars and research grants.
The National Center for Forensic Science provides research, education, training, tools and technology to meet the current and future needs of the forensic science, investigative and criminal justice communities. The NCFS is a program of the National Institute of Justice hosted by the University of Central Florida.
The Northeastern Association of Forensic Scientists, Inc. (NEAFS) is a professional organization for people employed within the forensic sciences.
The Northwest Association of Forensic Scientists is a nonprofit organization that was formed to encourage the dissemination of information within the fields of forensic science and discuss problems of common interest, to foster friendship and cooperation among forensic scientists and to stimulate research and development of new techniques within the field.
The Southwestern Association of Forensic Scientists (SWAFS) is a not for profit association of persons actively engaged in the profession of scientific examination of physical evidence in an organized body so that the profession in all of its disciplines may be effectively and scientifically practiced. SWAFS exists to: exchange information among forensic scientists to improve techniques, encourage research in forensic science and keep its members apprised of the latest techniques and discoveries in forensic science.
The National Association of Medical Examiners (NAME) is the national professional organization of physician medical examiners, medical death investigators and death investigation system administrators who perform the official duties of the medicolegal investigation of deaths of public interest in the United States.
Forensic toxicology encompasses the measurement of alcohol, drugs and other toxic substances in biological specimens and interpretation of such results in a medicolegal context. The purpose of the American Board of Forensic Toxicology is to establish and enhance voluntary standards for the practice of forensic toxicology and for the examination and recognition of scientists and laboratories providing forensic toxicology services.
The Association of Forensic Quality Assurance Managers (AFQAM) promotes standardized practices and professionalism in quality assurance management for the forensic community.
The American Board of Criminalistics (ABC) is composed of regional and national organizations which represent forensic scientists. The Forensic Science community has an obligation to establish professional levels of knowledge, skills and abilities; define a mechanism for achieving these levels; recognize those who have demonstrated attainment of these levels; and promote growth within the profession.
The American Society of Crime Laboratory Directors (ASCLD) is a nonprofit professional society of crime laboratory directors and forensic science managers dedicated to providing excellence in forensic science through leadership and innovation. The purpose of the organization is to foster professional interests, assist the development of laboratory management principles and techniques; acquire, preserve and disseminate forensic based information; maintain and improve communications among crime laboratory directors; and to promote, encourage and maintain the highest standards of practice in the field.
The Association of Forensic DNA Analysts and Administrators (AFDAA) is a nonprofit organization composed of professionals engaged in the forensic aspects of DNA analysis for the judicial system. Members include forensic DNA analysts, supervisors and administrators. AFDAA provides a forum for the exchange of ideas and information among forensic DNA scientists.
The California Association of Criminalists (CAC) is a professional
membership organization of forensic
scientists founded in 1954 by sixteen
members from various agencies
throughout California. They met to
exchange ideas, new testing methodologies
and to share case histories.
Since its inception, the CAC has expanded
its membership hroughout
the United States and Europe.
The FBI Laboratory's Combined DNA Index System (CODIS) blends forensic science and computer technology into an effective tool for solving violent crimes. CODIS enables federal, state, and local crime labs to exchange and compare DNA profiles electronically, thereby linking crimes to each other and to convicted offenders.
The European Network of Forensic Science Institutes (ENFSI) has been established with the purpose of sharing knowledge, exchanging experiences and coming to mutual agreements in the field of forensic science. ENFSI is recognized as an expert group in the field of forensic sciences. The aim of ENFSI is to ensure that the quality of development and delivery of forensic science throughout Europe is at the forefront of the world.
The Federal Bureau of Investigation's (FBI) mission is to protect and defend the United States against terrorist and foreign intelligence threats, to uphold and enforce the criminal laws of the United States, and to provide leadership and criminal justice services to federal, state, municipal, and international agencies and partners.
Forensic Magazine® is among today's leading trade publications focusing exclusively on the field of forensics. Published 6 times a year, it has been hailed by industry experts as an authoritative, trusted publication. Designed to help forensics specialists keep current with today's demands, each issue features valuable trade tips, invigorating articles and more.
Formed in 1915, the International Association for Identification (IAI) is the oldest and largest forensic science/forensic identification organization in the world. It offers certification programs and provides educational services to those in the forensic profession.
Inaugurated in 1957, the International Association of Forensic Sciences (IAFS) is the only worldwide association to bring together academics and practicing professionals of various disciplines in forensic science.
The International Society for Forensic Genetics (ISFG) is an international organization responsible for the promotion of scientific knowledge in the field of genetic markers analyzed with forensic purposes. The ISFG has been founded in 1968 and represents more than 800 members from over 50 countries. Regular meetings are held at a regional and international level. Scientific publications are promoted and expert recommendations on forensic genetic analysis are proposed.
Founded in 1901, the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) is a non-regulatory federal agency within the U.S. Commerce Department's Technology Administration. NIST's mission is to promote U.S. innovation and industrial competitiveness by advancing measurement science, standards, and technology in ways that enhance economic security and improve our quality of life.
The Southern Association of Forensic Scientists (SAFS) is an organization of practicing forensic scientists. It is the oldest of the regional forensic scientist associations with the exception of the California Association of Criminalists. To gain voting membership in SAFS, it is essential that a prospective member have given expert testimony in some court of the criminal justice system, or have advanced the cause of forensic science in some significant manner.
The Short Tandem Repeat DNA Internet Database (STaR Base) is a collection of data by the NIST. This web site is an attempt to bring together the abundant literature on the subject in a cohesive fashion to make future work in this field easier. These data are intended to benefit research and application of short tandem repeat DNA markers to human identity testing.