Immigrant activists seek access to DNA database
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.