The department of sociology and criminal justice at Saint Louis University, the Bosnian Herzegovinian Academy of Arts and Sciences and the Consulate General of Bosnia and Herzegovina will present a panel discussion from 6-8 p.m. Wednesday, May 11, in room 300 at the University's Busch Student Center, 20 N. Grand Blvd. at Laclede. The event is free and open to the public.
"CSI in Bosnia and Herzegovina" focuses on forensic methods, obstacles and the social effects of identifying victims of mass fatalities. Sarah Wagner of the University of North Carolina-Greensboro and author of "To Know Where He Lies: DNA and the Search for Srebrenica's Missing," will be the moderator. Discussion panelists include:
- Adnan Rizvic: International Commission on Missing Persons, Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina
- Nedim Durakovic: Podrinje Identification Project, Tuzla, Bosnia and Herzegovina
Additional sponsors for the program include the United Bosnia Association St. Louis, the SLU Division of Forensic Pathology in the Department of Pathology and the SLU International Studies Program.
About the International Commission on Missing Persons: Established at the initiative of U.S. President Clinton in 1996, the International Commission on Missing Persons (ICMP) is headquartered in Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina. More than 15 years after the war, the effort to find and identify more than 30,000 missing persons in Bosnia and Herzegovina is still underway. Through this process, Bosnia and Herzegovina has become a global leader in the science of identifying human remains using DNA. This expertise is now used by other countries from Iraq to the United States to identify the victims of conflict and natural disasters.