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DNAforAFRICA

is a unique platform created to
facilitate an all-African network around forensic DNA profiling. 

We inform, work and connect with DNA crusaders,

change advocates and policy makers,

in our goal to fight crime with solutions-based action.

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DNA CAPACITY

8%

DNA POLICY

8%

DNA LAWS

3%

DNA DATABASES

6%

WORLDWIDE

82%

AFRICA

6,5%

CURRENT EXTENT
OF DNA PROFILING IN AFRICA

Vanessa Lynch

LOBBYIST

Vanessa Lynch is the Regional Director for DNA for Africa, and a Senior Government Affairs Consultant at GTH-GA, based in South Africa. Vanessa has extensive experience leading nationwide policy initiatives and working with governments to advance dynamic legislative and policy changes.


Vanessa founded The DNA Project in 2005, and in 2021 launched @DNAforAfrica, dedicated to the use of advocacy outreach and  forensic expertise  to aid the development of DNA databases and casework programs throughout Africa.


Vanessa is regarded as a key opinion leader in the field of Forensic DNA policy and has been lauded for her leadership in driving the adoption of legislation to administer South Africa’s national DNA database, the first of its kind on the African continent. Serving as Deputy Chair of the National Forensic Oversight and Ethics Board (SA), she monitored the implementation of the provisions of the DNA Act in its first five years and now serves on the Forensic Databasing Advisory Board (FDAB) for the ISFG.

 

Prior to her work in forensic DNA, Vanessa held various legal positions, including legal advisor for an international contactless payment solutions company and as a commercial associate in a London law firm.


Vanessa completed her Law degree at the University of Cape Town in 1992 and recently submitted her research in forensic DNA profiling for her doctorate in Law at the University of Stellenbosch.

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Second Forensic
DNAforAfrica SYMPOSIUM 2022

Justice and Humanity served by Forensic Science:

A SURVIVOR CENTRED APPROACH

23 & 24 June 2022

Kenya, Nairobi

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RESOURCES

DNA CAPACITY / DNA POLICY / DNA LAWS / DNA DATABASE

Solution based action in response to this shortfall requires the support of policy makers to pass DNA specific legislation or review the existing laws regulating the use of forensic DNA as evidence and the administration of DNA databases in more regions in Africa.

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DNA CAPACITY

As a result of an increased awareness of the potential for DNA evidence to help solve criminal cases, the demand for DNA testing continues to grow nationwide. Crime laboratories now process more DNA than ever before.

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DNA POLICY

Policy provides a framework to guide government decisions such as legislation and budget; ensuring that the government is working toward a common goal. Although policy is not a law, law must be guided by current government policy, and it will often identify laws needed to achieve its goals. 

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DNA LAWS

Legislation refers to the preparation and enactment of laws by a legislative body through its lawmaking process. ... A bill is a draft, or tentative version, of what might become part of the written law. A bill that is enacted is called an act or statute.

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DNA DATABASES

A DNA database is a government database of DNA profiles and/or DNA samples (DNA Databank) which can be used by law enforcement agencies to identify suspects of crimes. ... These databases are effective because a majority of crimes are committed by repeated offenders.

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EDUCATION

Diploma in Mortuary Science in Kenya

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Vanessa

Lynch

Wangu

Kanja

Prof. Lisa

Smith

Dr John

Mungai

Prof. Bruce Budowle 

Mr. Stephen Fonseca - ICRC

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ICRC

Prof. Marion Mutugi

Ashley Spence

RAINN

Kenya

Uganda

Tanzania

Our plenary will feature presentations and forensic experts from Africa and beyond

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EAST AFRICA ForensicDNA SYMPOSIUM 2022

It was with great excitement that we hosted our #2 Forensic DNAforAfrica Hybrid Symposium in Nairobi, Kenya from 22-24 June 2022 - the second in a series of DNA events spanning North, South, East and West Africa.

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