Recorded on location at the 2022 Conference on Crimes Against Women, each episode in this bonus series will deepen our understanding of DNA testing, how it supports cold case investigations and prosecutions, and what's ahead for crime solvers around the globe.
Recent revelations across North America have unearthed new and disturbing crimes against Indigenous People, specifically children who perished at Indian boarding schools. We explore the use of DNA collection and testing within the context of these crimes, the impact of generational trauma upon DNA, blood quantum requirements that determine Indian ancestry and lead to its ultimate erasure from humankind, and so much more with Nicole Matthews. Ms. Matthews has led the sexual assault coalition from its inception in Minneapolis, Minnesota, as one of the first national programs that addresses the unique and significant needs of American Indian/Alaskan Native (AI/AN) women and children. At the 2022 Conference on Crimes Against Women, Ms. Matthews co-presented "The Critical Intersection of Sex Trafficking & Murdered & Missing Indigenous Relatives." This is her second appearance on the Podcast on Crimes Against Women.