The Association of Forensic DNA Analysts and Administrators (AFDAA) is a nonprofit 501c3 organization composed of professionals engaged in the forensic aspects of DNA analysis for the judicial system. Members include forensic DNA analysts, supervisors and administrators. AFDAA provides a forum for the exchange of ideas and information among forensic DNA scientists to:
-keep current on the methods, techniques, and procedures presently used in the field of forensic science
-to promote the dissemination of information on research and developments of new techniques within the field,
-the latest legislative issues concerning DNA analysis,
-network with other DNA crime laboratories and personnel,
-obtain formal training and attend guest lectures,
-share and troubleshoot forensic DNA data and/or issues.
The membership of our organization involves over 300 forensic DNA professionals in over 75 agencies and companies across 25 states and international laboratories.
The Association holds meetings twice a year. The summer meetings are typically hosted by laboratories and are generally held in Austin or San Antonio. Our winter meetings are currently held at the Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) Headquarters Complex, located at 5805 North Lamar Blvd in Austin, Texas.
Created in 1935, the Texas DPS is home to one of the largest law enforcement agencies in the U. S. The world famous Texas Rangers (the commissioned kind, not the baseball kind!) are also headquartered at this complex. The DPS Training Academy is not only responsible for preparing the states new Trooper Cadets, but also provides classes and training to all law enforcement personnel in the state of Texas.
The Training Academy at the Texas DPS has been very kind to AFDAA over the years. During the early 90’s, the Academy offered its classrooms to a small group of scientists to discuss DNA applications and its use in forensics.
Through word of mouth, this small group eventually evolved into what is now AFDAA. Throughout AFDAA’s development, the Training Academy has always provided space for the meetings and, when space is available, rooms and board at a minimal cost to the attendees. AFDAA will forever be indebted to the Texas Department of Public Safety for all of its support and sponsorship.
Austin Texas is home to the Texas State Capitol and the University of Texas. Attendees to the AFDAA meetings have much to choose from for after hour entertainment. Whether you are in the mood for sophisticated fun in the Warehouse District, Fine Dining in some of the nations most underrated restaurants or wild parties on 6th street, Austin can provide something for everyone. Live music is a favorite pastime among locals, and Austin boasts one of the largest concentrations of bookstores and movie theaters per capita in the U.S.