DNA Pro-kids

DNA-Prokids – genetic identification against traffic in human beings

DNA-Prokids will enable police and judicial systems to fight more effectively against traffic in human beings, especially in children and women. The project’s objectives are to identify the victims and return them to their families; to hamper traffic in human beings, including illegal adoptions, and to gather information on the origins, the routes and the means of this crime. Granada, Spain – 18 May 2009 || DNA-Prokids (www.dna-prokids.org), an international project on human trafficking prevention and fight using genetic identification of victims and their relatives, was officially presented today, at the University of Granada (UGR) headquarters, in Spain.

DNA- Prokids is an initiative of the UGR Genetic Identification Laboratory, in cooperation with the University of North Texas Center for Human Identification, in the USA, and with the contributions of financial institutions such as BBVA, Fundación Botín (Banco Santander) or CajaGRANADA.

Traffic in human beings is one of the most frequent and profitable crimes in the 21st century. It is estimated that every year more than 800,000 people are victims of human trafficking in the world.

Upon suggestion of the UGR Genetic Identification Laboratory, an international project for genetic identification of missing children and their families was set up in 2004. The goal was to not limit the scope of research to domestic crimes, but to spread results worldwide with the aim of boosting the international fight against human trafficking.

That was the beginning of DNA-Prokids, an initiative which has been praised by authorities and experts in genetic identification all over the world, and whose piloting experiences in countries such as Mexico or Guatemala are being extremely successful.

The Head of the UGR Genetic Identification Laboratory, Prof. José A. Lorente, stressed that DNA-Prokids, as a programme for genetic identification of human trafficking victims and their relatives, serves “a triple objective: to identify the victims and return them to their families (reunification); to hamper traffic in human beings thanks to identification of victims, and to gather information on the origins, the routes and the means of this crime (police intelligence), key elements for the work of police forces and judicial systems”.

To date, there is no other specific initiative aimed at missing children identification based upon systematic and automatic international cooperation through a single worldwide database. This is exactly the mission of DNA-Prokids, which scientists and authorities from Brazil, China, Colombia, Dubai, Guatemala, India, Indonesia, Malaysia, Mexico, Philippines, Spain, Thailand, USA or Venezuela have already expressed interest in.



DNA-PROKIDS 1st International Conference

Next October, the Southern Spanish city of Granada will host DNA-Prokids 1st International Conference: genetic identification against children trafficking. Scientists, NGOs, international bodies, representatives of security forces and experts from judicial systems will gather in this meeting with the aim of creating an international alliance against children trafficking by making the most of new genetic identification techniques.

More info: prokids@ugr.es / www.dna-prokids.org DNA-Prokids will enable police and judicial systems to fight more effectively against traffic in human beings, especially in children and women. The project’s objectives are to identify the victims and return them to their families; to hamper traffic in human beings, including illegal adoptions, and to gather information on the origins, the routes and the means of this crime. Granada, Spain – 18 May 2009 || DNA-Prokids (www.dna-prokids.org), an international project on human trafficking prevention and fight using genetic identification of victims and their relatives, was officially presented today, at the University of Granada (UGR) headquarters, in Spain.

DNA- Prokids is an initiative of the UGR Genetic Identification Laboratory, in cooperation with the University of North Texas Center for Human Identification, in the USA, and with the contributions of financial institutions such as BBVA, Fundación Botín (Banco Santander) or CajaGRANADA.

Traffic in human beings is one of the most frequent and profitable crimes in the 21st century. It is estimated that every year more than 800,000 people are victims of human trafficking in the world.

Upon suggestion of the UGR Genetic Identification Laboratory, an international project for genetic identification of missing children and their families was set up in 2004. The goal was to not limit the scope of research to domestic crimes, but to spread results worldwide with the aim of boosting the international fight against human trafficking.

That was the beginning of DNA-Prokids, an initiative which has been praised by authorities and experts in genetic identification all over the world, and whose piloting experiences in countries such as Mexico or Guatemala are being extremely successful.

The Head of the UGR Genetic Identification Laboratory, Prof. José A. Lorente, stressed that DNA-Prokids, as a programme for genetic identification of human trafficking victims and their relatives, serves “a triple objective: to identify the victims and return them to their families (reunification); to hamper traffic in human beings thanks to identification of victims, and to gather information on the origins, the routes and the means of this crime (police intelligence), key elements for the work of police forces and judicial systems”.

To date, there is no other specific initiative aimed at missing children identification based upon systematic and automatic international cooperation through a single worldwide database. This is exactly the mission of DNA-Prokids, which scientists and authorities from Brazil, China, Colombia, Dubai, Guatemala, India, Indonesia, Malaysia, Mexico, Philippines, Spain, Thailand, USA or Venezuela have already expressed interest in.

DNA-PROKIDS 1st International Conference

Next October, the Southern Spanish city of Granada will host DNA-Prokids 1st International Conference: genetic identification against children trafficking. Scientists, NGOs, international bodies, representatives of security forces and experts from judicial systems will gather in this meeting with the aim of creating an international alliance against children trafficking by making the most of new genetic identification techniques.

More info: prokids@ugr.es / www.dna-prokids.org