The terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001, triggered one of the most monumental identification efforts ever undertaken in the United States. In commemoration of the 20th anniversary, the Global Forensic and Justice Center—a preeminent program of Florida International University—brought together a distinguished panel of experts to discuss disaster victim identification (DVI) and the evolution of DNA technology since 2001.
The panelists took a retrospective look at the technology and response measures utilized during the 2001 terror attacks, and—as shown in this video clip—explained what was different for the crews responding to the recent Surfside Miami condo collapse. Panelists included Tim Hardiman, NYPD; Mark Desire, Assistant Director of Forensic Biology and 9/11 responder; Rob O’Brien, Forensic Biology Research Project Manager for NFSTC@FIU; and Max Houck, an international forensic expert, former FBI Scientist who worked at the site of the Pentagon attack. Special guest: Stephanie Stoiloff, Senior Police Bureau Commander, Miami-Dade Police Department.
To view the complete GFJC Seminar Series: Disaster Victim Identification Panel Discussion, click here.