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Forensic investigative genetic genealogy resources for law enforcement

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Forensic investigative genetic genealogy (FIGG) is a powerful tool for solving violent crimes such as homicides or sexual assaults, and identifying human remains from missing persons investigations and conflict zones. Since the 2018 conviction of Joseph DeAngelo, also known as the Golden State Killer, more than 500 cases have been solved using (FIGG), which played a crucial role in his identification. While using DNA to solve cases is not new, advances in DNA technology and the use of genealogical databases like GEDmatch have helped solve cases that were previously unsolvable. Verogen is dedicated to providing law enforcement with the necessary resources to democratize and protect this investigative technique.

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FIGG and Court Proceedings: Lessons from the Past, Present to Prepare for the Future

The recent trials in the U.S. of Patrick Leon Nicholas for the rape and murder of Sarah Yarborough and Gary Hartman for the rape and murder of Michella Welch continue to highlight how FIGG can be a powerful investigative lead generation tool. The use of FIGG, however, raises questions for forensic scientists, prosecutors and defense attorneys as these cases progress through the judicial system. For example, as seen in the Yarborough admissibility (Frye/Kelly or Daubert) hearings will occur, particularly on the application of statistics and as they apply to FIGG. Additionally, the Hartman case raised issues on standing, technology use and privacy, especially as they relate to the tradeoffs during suppression motions.

On this webinar, experienced prosecutors and forensic scientists discuss the current issues raised regarding FIGG and how such issues were similarly addressed in cases and court decisions from the past and present. The webinar will address common questions raised, statistics, expert testimony, as well as best practices for presenting FIGG in court. Resources will include transcripts of testimony from historical and recent cases.

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FIGG Master Class

Forensic Investigative Genetic Genealogy Master Class – Taking It To The Next Level

As the FIGG technology developer and the steward of GEDmatch and GEDmatch PRO, Verogen is dedicated to bringing quality training to law enforcement professionals who wish to solidify their knowledge in FIGG. This six-part webinar series is designed for law enforcement professionals who already have the foundational understanding of how FIGG works and it will take your knowledge to the next level.

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Forensic Investigative Genetic Genealogy – Advice from Practitioners and their Partners in Crime

Hear from practitioners who are currently using FIGG to approach criminal and missing persons cases.

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Using Forensic Genetic Genealogy – A Practical Guide for Law Enforcement

This webinar series is an entry-level course providing a wide range of practical guidance for law enforcement professionals who want to incorporate FIGG into regular practice, including how, when, and why to use the technique. At the end of the series, attendees will have a clear understanding of the benefits as well as challenges of FIGG and how to go about adopting it.
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FIGG Guide for Law Enforcement

Law Enforcement’s Guide to Forensic Investigative Genetic Genealogy: When, Where, and How

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These are terminology you should know so you can have effective conversation with your laboratory/investigative partner and make the most out of any interpretation of evidence and data related to FIGG and steer your case in the right direction.
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