WE ARE
DNAforAfrica

#JusticeIsInOurDNA

This page is dedicated to our network of people united against crime in Africa: Change advocates, lobbyists, forensic scientists, researchers, humanitarians, etc. 

 

DNA for Africa's objective is to highlight the importance of DNA sampling

when it comes to fighting human trafficking, sexual assault, missing persons, etc. 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 their work.

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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.

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Mr Daniel Adyera
Criminologist
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uganda
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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.  

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Ms Rebecca Gitau
Psychologist
Ms Deggan Mohammad
kenya
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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. 

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Mr Yasin Farah
DNA Specialist
Yasin Farah
somalia
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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. 

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Mr Innocent Makasa
Forensic Analyst
Innocent Makasa
zambia
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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. 

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Dr Kizzie Shako
Police Surgeon
Dr  Kizzie Shako
kenya
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Dr 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.

 

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Mr Fidelis Bugoye
Goverment Chemist
Mr Fidelis Bugoye
tanzania
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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.

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Sir Alec Jeffreys
Forensic Scientist
Sir Alec Jeffreys
england
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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. 

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Mr Stephen Fonseca
Forensic Coordinator
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canada
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Carolyn is Director of Angel's Care in KZN, South Africa, and lecturer in Biotechnology and Genetics.

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Dr Carolyn Hancock
Humanitarian 
Director of Angel's Care in KZN, South Africa, and lecturer in Biotechnology and Genetics.
south africa
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Victor Omondi is a Forensic Scientist and Medical Biochemist from Kenya with experience in crime scene investigation and DNA profiling.

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Mr Victor Omondi
Forensic Scienties
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kenya
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Grizelda Grootboom ~ author, abolitionist, female rights activist and international speaker on human trafficking and prostitution from a survivor perspective.

 

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Ms Grizelda Grootboom
Humanitarian
Grizelda Grootboom
south africa
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Prof. Marion Mutugi is a widely published professor of genetics and bioethics and Kenya National Human Rights Commissioner. 

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Prof. Marion Mutugi
Professor of Genetics
Marion Mutugi
kenya
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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. 

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Dr John Mungai
Forensic Scientist
Mr John Mungai
kenya
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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. 

 

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Ms Ashley Spence
Inspirational Speaker
Ms Ashley Spence
usa
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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.

 

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Lady Wangu Kania
Humanitarian
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kenya
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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. 

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 Mr Yahaya Sumara Sulley
Forensic Scientist
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ghana
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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.

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Prof. Lisa Smith
Criminologist
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england
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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.

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Ms Malaika Oringo
Humanitarian
Malaika Oringo
uganda
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Dr. 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.

Dr Bruce Budowle
Forensic Scientist
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usa
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Prof. Marion Mutugi is a widely published professor of genetics and bioethics and Kenya National Human Rights Commissioner. 

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Prof. Joseph Kimani
Government Chemist
Prof. Joseph Kimani
kenya
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Dr Vanessa Lynch has extensive experience leading DNA policy initiatives and working with governments to advance DNA legislative frameworks.

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Dr Vanessa Lynch
Forensic DNA Expert
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south africa
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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
Mr Andrew Mubiru
uganda