Since early 2018, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has encountered a migration crisis at the southern border, including an increase in fraudulent family relationship claims. To help address this, Bode Technology developed, deployed, and operated a wide-ranging program for DHS to utilize Rapid DNA to identify and deter possible child trafficking by identifying fraudulent family units.
Rapid DNA technology can provide investigators with real-time investigative information, enhance border security and public safety, aid in prevention and detection of human trafficking, and provide identifications in mass casualty events. While Rapid DNA was designed for operation by non-technical field personnel, it is important to be implemented properly with the complementary support of trained scientists.
Lessons learned from implementing and operating this highly successful program can help other accredited crime laboratories supporting Rapid DNA instruments at the state, local and federal level. Additionally, this program can serve as a roadmap for other agencies who wish to utilize Rapid DNA technology in a field forward setting for their mission sets.
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