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WE ARE DNAforAfrica

#JusticeIsInOurDNA

This page is dedicated to our network of people united against crime in Africa: Change advocates, lobbyists, forensic scientists, researchers and humanitarians. DNAforAfrica's objective is to highlight the importance of DNA sampling when it comes to fighting violent crime, human trafficking, sexual assault and missing persons cases. Advocacy in this arena is very low in Africa and we believe that by amplifying each other's voices, we can make our message clear. 

 

Click on each picture to learn more about each DNA Crusader's work.

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​Brig. Joe Smith is the Section Head of Forensic Database Management at the Forensic Services Division in SAPS. He has more than 34 years experience in the field of forensic science and has played an active and pivotal role in the establishment of the National Forensic DNA Database and the implementation of the provisions of the DNA Act.

Brig. Joe Smith
DNA Database Specialist
Carolyn Hancock -Angels Care
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Victor Omondi is a Forensic Scientist and Medical Biochemist from Kenya with experience in crime scene investigation and DNA profiling.

Mr Victor Omondi
Forensic Scientiest
Carolyn Hancock -Angels Care
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Mbali Shongwe is the founder of a youth-based NGO, Mindful(l) Organisation and an intersectional activist focusing on GBV and mental health issues.
She is an active advocate for DNA policy reform and her voice has been instructive in getting the CO Bill passed and backlog reduced.

Ms Mbali Shongwe
Humanitarian
Carolyn Hancock -Angels Care
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Yahaya Sumara Sulley is Senior Research Assistant in Tamale, founder of SOGH and Chair of The Confident Scientist and & SDG Justice Advocate.

Mr Yahaya Sumara 
Forensic Scientist
Carolyn Hancock -Angels Care
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Lisa Smith is a Professor of Criminology, and Head of School of Criminology at the University of Leicester. Lisa has been leading a team of researchers and NGOs to pilot innovative DNA evidence kits in Kenyan Gender Violence Recovery Clinics, to enhance access to justice for survivors of sexual violence.

Prof. Lisa Smith
Criminologist
Carolyn Hancock -Angels Care
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Malaika Oringo is a voice for human-trafficking survivors, who has been involved in fighting this crime as global consultant & advisory board member. Her message is that freedom is more than the moment of exiting from slavery; it is an ongoing journey requiring continuous support from all stakeholders including survivor leaders. Her current work is focused on facilitating a united survivor network in East Africa.

Ms Malaika Oringo
Humanitarian
Carolyn Hancock -Angels Care
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Prof. Bruce Budowle has worked with the FBI, been Director of the Center for Human Identification, is one of the original architects of CODIS and holds a rare academic distinction as Regents Professor for the impact of his extensive body of work.

Prof. Bruce Budowle
Forensic Scientist
Carolyn Hancock -Angels Care
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Dr John Mungai is a pioneer of the Forensic DNA laboratories in the East African region where he served as Government Chemist for three decades, implementing Acts and developing curriculi for the forensic evidence management.

Dr John Mungai
Forensic Scientist
Carolyn Hancock -Angels Care
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Ashley Spence is a public speaker, victim advocate and founder of the DNA Justice Project in the USA, which educates on the power of DNA in order to lobby for policy change. She supports holistic health projects in Kenya.

Ms Ashley Spence
Inspirational Speaker
Carolyn Hancock -Angels Care
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Women's rights activist, Lady Wangu Kanja is an affiliated researcher at the University of Birmingham and recognised for her extraordinary efforts as a role model promoting the empowerment of Kenyan women and girls.

Lady Wangu Kanja
Humanitarian
Carolyn Hancock -Angels Care
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Sharlene has worked in the South African Forensic Science Lab. for 30 years and has given DNA testimony in approximately 600 cases including the murder of Marike de Klerk, wife of a former state president, the Fairhead murders, the triple axe murder of the Van Breda family as well as the high profile murder of Susan Rhode.

Lt Col. Sharlene Otto
Lieutenant Colonel
Carolyn Hancock -Angels Care
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Uwom Okereke Eze is a forensic pathologist and clinical forensic physician specialising in forensic death investigation, medicolegal systems, management of the dead, and clinical forensic caseloads.
Uwom is also the President of the African Society of Forensic Medicine (ASFM).

Dr Uwom Eze
Forensic Pathologist
Carolyn Hancock -Angels Care
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Pearl AFIA Dansowaa is a Forensic DNA Investigator at the Ghana Police headquarters in Accra, Ghana, where she manages samples and exhibit storage and conducts human semen and blood tests.

Ms Pearl Afia Dansowaa
Carolyn Hancock -Angels Care
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Adv Bonnie Currie-Gamwo Special Director of Public Prosecutions: Sexual Offences and Community Affairs. She is the visionary behind the Thuthuzela Care Centre model, one-stop centres that reduce secondary victimisation and help buiolding cases ready for successful convictions.

Adv Bonnie Currie-Gamwo
Forensic Scientist
Carolyn Hancock -Angels Care
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Yasin Farah is Forensic Science Advisor at the Puntland Bureau of Forensic Science in Somalia and is trained in forensic crime scene investigations by INTERPOL.

Mr Yasin Farah
DNA Specialist
Carolyn Hancock -Angels Care
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Mr Innocent Makasa is specializing in Forensic DNA Analysis and has played a pivotal role in the establishment of Zambia's first Forensic DNA Laboratory. As an advocate for quality standards, Makasa strives to enforce statutory measures to eliminate the misapplication of forensic science. Currently, Makasa is working diligently towards establishing the Zambian autosomal and gonosomal DNA Population databases, which will provide statistical estimation of the evidential value of a DNA match.

Mr Innocent Makasa
Forensic Analyst
Carolyn Hancock -Angels Care
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Grizelda Grootboom ~ author, abolitionist, female rights activist and international speaker on human trafficking and prostitution from a survivor perspective.

Ms Grizelda Grootboom
Humanitarian
Carolyn Hancock -Angels Care
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Dr Joseph Kimani has a doctorate in Human Genetics and is published on allele frequencies and pathogenic mutations, in several International journals. With twenty fours years of experience in the Forensics field, he specialises mainly in Forensic DNA analysis for cases in homicide, sexual offences, human identification of postmortem and skeletonized remains, and genetic relatedness using STR markers and Y DNA  haplotypes.

Dr Joseph Kimani
Government Chemist
Carolyn Hancock -Angels Care
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Dr Vanessa Lynch has extensive experience leading DNA policy initiatives and working with governments to advance DNA legislative frameworks.

Dr Vanessa Lynch
Forensic DNA Expert
Carolyn Hancock -Angels Care
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Andrew Mburi is Director of Forensic Services in the Ugandan Police Force and in charge of the establishment of Forensic Databases to aid Criminal Investigations and was selected for UN Human Rights Monitoring Mission in Ukraine.

Mr Andrew Mubiru
Forensic Service
Carolyn Hancock -Angels Care
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Prof. Marion Mutugi is a widely published professor of genetics and bioethics and Kenya National Human Rights Commissioner.

Prof Marion Mutugi
Professor of Genetics
Carolyn Hancock -Angels Care
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Jennifer Degner is a Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner (SANE) from Texas, with a passion for victim advocacy and education, who is serving on the DNA Justice Project Board, and working with DNAforAfrica on a SAK donation drive in East Africa.

Ms Jennifer Degner
Sexual Assault Nurse
Carolyn Hancock -Angels Care
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Fred Kagame is a forensic scientist active in promoting and educating around the role of forensic science in the criminal justice system in his country, Rwanda.

Mr Fred Kagame
Forensic Scientis
Carolyn Hancock -Angels Care
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Daniel is a lecturer of forensics, criminology and law in Kampala and Director of the CCJP, an independent think tank established to advance the use of forensic science in the administration of justice in Uganda.

Mr Daniel Adyera
Criminologist
Carolyn Hancock -Angels Care
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Becky Gitau is a gender and mental health specialist, currently managing the Gender Violence Recovery Centre in Nairobi, who has trained hundreds or health care providers and law enforcers in GBV management and prevention programs in Kenya.

Ms Rebecca Gitau
Psychologist
Carolyn Hancock -Angels Care
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Carolyn is Director of Angel's Care in KZN, South Africa, and lecturer in Biotechnology and Genetics.

Dr Carolyn Hancock
Humanitarian
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Dr Kizzie Shako is a forensic medical specialist and Kenya's first female forensic Police Surgeon. Founder of Vunja Kimya Foundation and human rights defender.

Dr Kizzie Shako
Police Surgeon
Carolyn Hancock -Angels Care
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Fidelis Bugoye is Government Chemist in Tanzania, in charge of establishing Tanzanian Human DNA database and has participated in mass disaster victim identification and court expert witnessing events in Tanzania.

Mr Fidelis Bugoye
Goverment Chemist
Carolyn Hancock -Angels Care
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Sir Alec Jeffreys is Professor of Genetics at the University of Leicester, and was knighted for services to genetics. We honour him as "the Father of Genetic Fingerprinting". DNA profiling was also developed by Jeffreys and his team in 1985, becoming the standard forensic DNA system used in criminal case work worldwide.

Sir Alec Jeffreys
Forensic Scientist
Carolyn Hancock -Angels Care
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Stephen Fonseca is Manager of the new ICRC African Centre of Expertise on Missing Persons and Forensic Systems and a member of the ICRC’s Forensic Unit Global Management Team.

Mr Stephen Fonseca
Forensic Coordinator
Carolyn Hancock -Angels Care
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