Inaugurated in 1957, the International Association of Forensic Sciences (IAFS) is the only worldwide Association to bring together academics and practicing professionals of various disciplines in forensic science. They include:
• Forensic Pathologists, who are generally responsible for autopsies and for clinical forensic medicine i.e., examination of victims of rape and other types of violence in adults and juveniles, taking sexual and other delinquents into care, etc.
• Forensic Scientists and those working in police, government or private forensic laboratories, dealing with fingerprints, biochemical grouping, drug analysis, toxicology, ballistics, documents, trace evidence examination, accident reconstruction, etc. and
• those working in other branches of forensic science, such as forensic psychiatry, physical anthropology, medical law and bioethics, forensic odontology, forensic scientific research, etc.
The aims and objectives of IAFS are:
• to develop forensic sciences;
• to assist forensic scientists and others to exchange scientific and technical information, and
• to organize triennial meetings.
Since 1957, a total of 18 meetings have been organized in major cities around the world. The 2008 Meeting was held in New Orleans, Louisiana USA.
Source: IAFS 2008 meeting website (link no longer available).
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