March 1, 2019 at 6:45 pm

Special Investigator Nicole Disanto on Cold Cases and DNA Data, March 22

Cuyahoga County Special Investigator Nicole Disanto will speak about her career in forensics, her work with the Combined DNA Index System Cold Case Unit, and archived DNA data on Friday, March 22, at 4 p.m.

Disanto, a Cleveland State alum, works as an investigator with the CODIS cold case unit. CODIS (Combined DNA Index System) is the term used to describe the FBI’s program support for offender DNA databases. She works with other investigators to establish links between SAK results and  archived DNA data.

Disanto also appears in the documentary I Am Evidencewhich documents the backlog of untested sexual assault kits throughout throughout the United States.

There will be a screening of I Am Evidence on March 20 at 7 p.m.

I Am Evidence is a 2017 HBO documentary, produced by Law and Order: Special Victims United star Mariska Hargitay, that exposes the sheer amount of sexual assault and rape kits that go untested each year throughout the United States. The documentary also explores how rape and sexual assault cases have been processed throughout the United States.

Graphic for movie I am Evidence: My Body was a Crime Scene

“Why is there a rape kit backlog? What can we do to fix the problem? This film explores these questions through survivors’ experiences as they trace the fates of their kits and re-engage in the criminal justice process. I AM EVIDENCE illuminates how the system has impeded justice while also highlighting those who are leading the charge to work through the backlog and pursue long-awaited justice in these cases,” says the film’s website.

The locations for both events are to be announced.


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