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The CWAG Alliance Partnership has been awarded with a Cooperative Agreement from the US DOJ’s National Institute of Justice (NIJ). The Cooperative Agreements will initiate a program where Mexican states that have a high rate of migration into the U.S. will submit family reference samples and unidentified remains cases to qualified laboratories in the U.S. The resultant DNA profiles will be entered into CODIS 7.0. The Mexican states participating in this project are: Chihuahua, Baja California, Guanajuato, Sonora and Coahuila. These AGOs (all state laboratories in Mexico are under the state’s Attorney General) have signed preliminary MOUs and will enter into formal agreements with CWAG for this project in the coming months, committing 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.
California DOJ’s Richmond DNA Laboratory will be a key partner providing analysis of those samples received from their neighbor state of Baja California. Two additional partners, BODE laboratories UNT Forensic Services Unit, will be providing additional analysis over the next 18 months.
CWAG Forensic Director, Lance Gima, the former Director of the California DOJ’s Richmond DNA laboratory, will be leading this project and working with the Alliance Partnership staff in collaborating with our US and Mexican AGO partners for this project.