Technical Assistance

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ICMP’s technical assistance program is a global resource available to governments, and others engaged in addressing the issue of persons missing as a result of armed conflict, natural disasters, human rights violations, organized violence and other causes.

ICMP’s technical assistance is primarily supported by three interrelated mechanisms:

  1. A Standing Capacity to conduct high-throughput DNA identificationsthat provides the ability to assist in identifying missing persons through DNA testing and kinship matching;
  2. A forensic Archaeology and Anthropological Division (AAD) with expert capabilities in the location, recovery and examination of human remains; and
  3. A custom-designed Forensic Database Management System (fDMS)  which is suitable for ICMP’s own requirements and which is also provided to governments. 

ICMP publishes scientific papers and other resources related to its work and provides training programs in forensic science and human identification systems.

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Standing Capacity

ICMP maintains a high throughput DNA identity testing system dedicated to identifying persons missing as a result of armed conflict, human rights abuses, disasters and other circumstances around the world.

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Forensic Archaeology and Anthropology

ICMP’s Forensic Archaeology and Anthropology assistance forms a key part of the organization’s integrated scientific approach to searching for, recovering and identifying missing persons. ICMP has successfully supported thousands of site investigations and the resolution of many thousands of cases.

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Disaster Victim Identification

Based on its high-throughput standing capacity for DNA testing from human remains and its expertise in DNA matching to family DNA samples, ICMP has been involved in a number of DNA DVI events.

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Quality Management System

ICMP’s Quality Management System reflects its commitment to continuous self-monitoring, improvement, and integration in the rapid development of forensic DNA science.

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