Im­mi­grant ac­tivists seek ac­cess to DNA data­base

Las Vegas Review-Journal (Sunday) - - NATION -

Rep­re­sen­ta­tives of dozens of U.S. and Latin Amer­i­can ad­vo­cacy groups pressed their case Fri­day for ac­cess to an FBI-run DNA data­base to help them lo­cate and iden­tify the re­mains of thou­sands of im­mi­grants thought to have dis­ap­peared over the last sev­eral decades while cross­ing the Mex­i­can bor­der into the United States.

U.S. of­fi­cials pledged to con­tinue talks on shar­ing foren­sic in­for­ma­tion and ef­forts to iden­tify the miss­ing, but they said they are pre­vented from mak­ing the in­for­ma­tion pub­lic by a fed­eral law that re­stricts ac­cess to and shar­ing of in­for­ma­tion from the data­base.

The com­ments came dur­ing a hear­ing of the In­ter-Amer­i­can Com­mis­sion on Hu­man Rights at the Univer­sity of Colorado in Boul­der. Ad­vo­cacy groups say they have com­piled more than 4,000 DNA pro­files of peo­ple re­ported miss­ing and pre­sumed dead along the bor­der.

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