Sunday, September 30, 2007, Hollywood, California

The use of DNA testing is becoming more common to support immigration into the United States and guard against fraud. Operational challenges have occurred with the increase in this type of testing. Representatives from paternity testing laboratories, the Department of State, the Department of Homeland Security and immigration law discuss the current issues surrounding DNA testing associated with immigrants. These issues are relevant to all laboratories and agencies involved in biological relationship testing.

Objectives:  After attending the HITA/AABB Workshop participants will be able to:

  • Understand the roles and responsibilities of stakeholders in immigration DNA testing.
  • Define at least 4 to 5 operational challenges associated with DNA testing of immigrants.
  • Identify and implement solutions for overcoming the identified challenges for sample collection and the processing and reporting of immigration DNA cases.




1:00 – 1:15

Welcome and Introductions

Mike Baird
DNA Diagnostics Center

1:15 –  1:45

Legal and Practical Issues Associated with DNA Testing for Immigration

Michael S. Epstein
Immigration Law Office of Michael S. Epstein

1:45 – 2:15

Fraud Identification and Prevention in Overseas Cases

Jill Nystrom
Department of State  Office of Fraud Prevention

2:15 – 2:45

Fraud Identification and Prevention – Guidelines,  Limitations and Investigative Approaches

James Richard Helm
U.S. Dept. of Homeland Security, CIS

2:45 – 3:00


3:00 – 3:30

Laboratory Challenges

Anthony Carter
Reliagene Technologies, Inc.

3:30 – 4:00

Sibship Testing

Mike Baird
DNA Diagnostics Center

4:00 – 4:45


Amanda Sozer (Facilitator)
Sozer, Niezgoda and Associates, LLC

4:45 – 5:00


Mike Baird
DNA Diagnostics Center