The SWGDVI Board will hold meetings annually. All members of the DVI community are invited and encouraged to attend. SWGDVI utilizes the GoToMeeting system to web-conference meetings for those unable to physically attend. While there is no fee or formal registration process, those wishing to attend or participate via the web-conference interface should contact the SWGDVI Chair for additional specific information. Please note that SWGDVI does not fund travel to Board meetings.
April 16-18, 2013; Washington, D.C.
The primary focus of the SWGDVI Board meeting was to complete development of the SWGDVI style guide that will be used to ensure consistent formatting between the various guideline and best practice documents that are currently in draft format. The SWGDVI Board also focused discussion on the products of the SWGDVI Data Management committee. The Board reviewed the draft document in its entirety and provided the committee with specific guidance to improve the product so that it can be released for public comment on the SWGDVI website. The Board also reviewed draft guidelines written by the Pathology and DVI management committees. There were also several guest presentations: 1. An overview of the International Committee of the Red Cross and mass fatality management initiatives. 2. Recent developments with the DHHS DMORT program. 3. Recent developments in ANSI/NIST‐ITL forensic data management initiatives. 4. A review of the I‐75 multi‐vehicle accident medicolegal response. 5. An overview of the New York City Office of Chief Medical Officer response to Hurricane Sandy. Click here to view the meeting agenda.
August 7-9, 2012; Dover, Delaware The Board meeting focused on the following: - Committee break-out sessions to continue developing guidelines and other products. - Discussion on the threshold of certainty to transition from a circumstantial to a positive identification.
January 24-26, 2012; Washington, D.C. The Board meeting focused on the following: - Committee break-out sessions to continue developing guidelines and other products. - Presentations on: 1. Recent developments of the Subcommittee on Forensic Science Interagency Working Group on Standards Practices and Protocols (SPP-IWG) of significance to the SWG program. 2. The role of the U.S. Department of State in domestic and international DVI responses. 3. A review of the DVI operation for the Reno Air Race aircraft accident that occurred on September 16, 2011. 4. An overview of biometric identification methods and the Facial Identification Scientific Working Group. 5. An overview of the FBI Criminal Justice Information Services (CJIS) Division Flyaway Program.
August 16-18, 2011; Washington, D.C. The Board meeting focused on the following: - Committee break-out sessions and a review of progress made towards developing guidelines - Presentations on: 1. INTERPOL presented by Mike Muth, Assistant Director, INTERPOL - U.S. National Central Bureau 2. The ANSI/NIST-ITL Standard presented by Bradford Wing, NIST Information Technology Laboratory 3. Lessons learned from mass fatality incidents that have occurred in the U.S. since 2000 presented by Frank DePaolo, Assistant Commissioner, NYC OCME 4. The DMORT response to the tornado that impacted Joplin, Missouri on May 22, 2011 presented by Donald Bloom, Deputy Commander of the DMORT Family Assistance Center Team, and Joyce DeJong, Medical Director of Forensic Pathology, Sparrow Health System - Forensic Pathology Center
April 5-7, 2011; Washington, D.C. The Board meeting focused on the following: - A review of committee progress - Formation of DVI Management Committee - Revisions to the Bylaws - Website review and launch - Presentation by John Paul Jones II (NIST) regarding recent U.S. federal developments of significance to SWGs - A review of recent mass fatality incident DVI operations including: 1. Christchurch, New Zealand earthquake; February 22, 2011 2. Motorcoach accident in New York City; March 12, 2011
August 24-26, 2010; Washington, D.C. The SWGDVI held its inaugural meeting in Washington, DC from 24-26 August 2010. The meeting focused on a discussion of the SWGDVI bylaws, selection of officers, and the general composition of the Board. Finally, and perhaps of greatest importance, participants discussed committee topic areas and designating SWGDVI Board members to serve as Presiding Officers for committees.
Inaugural SWGDVI Meeting - Washington, DC; August 24-26, 2010