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Melissa Mourges

Chief of the Forensic Sciences/Cold Case Unit, Manhattan District Attorney’s Office

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Melissa Mourges

Chief of the Forensic Sciences/Cold Case Unit, Manhattan District Attorney’s Office

Melissa Mourges has been a prosecutor for over 35 years. She is currently the Chief of the Forensic Sciences/Cold Case Unit in the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office. She acts as liaison between the 500 lawyers in her office and the DNA, ballistics, latent print and other forensic labs with which her office works, training and helping prosecutors interpret reports, answer Frye motions, and insuring that prosecutors properly state the strength of the evidence when they present cases in court.

Previously, Ms. Mourges was Co-Chief of the DNA Cold Case Project, which used DNA technology to investigate and prosecute unsolved sexual assault cases. Ms. Mourges worked closely with the NYPD on their “Backlog Project” where 17,000 previously unexamined sexual assault evidence kits were outsourced for DNA analysis. Ms. Mourges indicted assailants identified through CODIS and obtained “John Doe DNA profile warrants” to stop the statute of limitations where no subject had been identified. She was instrumental is designing and helping administer the recent $38 million grant funded by the Manhattan DA’s office to test backlogged rape hits nationwide. She is a member of the FBI’s Rapid DNA Task Group as well as the National District Attorney’s Association forensic advisory group. She is a Fellow of the American Academy of Forensic Sciences.