First Central America Regional Forensic Conference
Why does the quality of forensic science matter for the criminal justice? What is the value of having an accredited forensics lab? Why is a DNA database useful?
These questions among others were addressed at the first Central America Regional Forensic Conference that took place in Costa Rica with the participation of more than 70 forensics specialists from the United States, Costa Rica, Belize, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Panama.
U.S. Ambassador Sharon Day highlighted the role Costa Rica has as a regional model for having the first internationally accredited forensic lab and being willing to share its experiences with its Central American neighbors. “It is only through broad cooperation that we can raise the effectiveness of judicial systems throughout Central America,” said Ambassador Day.
The U.S. Embassy Office of International Narcotic and Law Enforcement (INL) sponsored this conference jointly with the International Criminal Investigative Training Assistance Program (ICITAP) and the Central America Police Reform Initiative (CAPRI).