Professor Kimberlee Moran will travel to Belize in January 2023 to to initiate a new partnership between the Belize National Forensic Science Service
(NFSS) and the Rutgers Forensic Consortium (RFC), a team of forensic science professionals, coordinated
by Professor Moran.
The NFSS identified several forensic science needs pertinent to its mission:
● unidentified skeletal remains stored within the medical examiners’ office;
● the creation of a forensic anthropology unit within the NFSS;
● training for a range of criminal justice stakeholders, including crime/death scene personnel, law
enforcement, and lawyers;
● data collection related to entomological and ecological forensic evidence;
● and public outreach and engagement.
The Rutgers Team was constructed to meet these needs as well as to establish a long-term relationship with the Belize lab. The hope is that this trip will become an annual visit consisting of research, capacity building, and student/faculty exchange. Professor Moran is being funded by the Fulbright Specialist Program.