Western Hemisphere: ICITAP Webinar Supports Pathology and Crime Scene Investigation During COVID-19 Pandemic

April 27, 2020

On April 27, ICITAP’s Central America mission conducted a webinar titled “Pathology and Crime Scene Investigation (CSI) During the COVID-19 Pandemic” for hundreds of subject matter experts from throughout the Western Hemisphere. Chaired by ICITAP-Central America’s Attaché, the 80-minute webinar began with a pre-recorded media interview from the Dominican Republic, which highlighted the critical work currently carried out by the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner (OCME) in Washington, DC. Following his interview, OCME’s Deputy Chief Medical Examiner and Medical Director delivered a presentation focused on good practices for safety and infection control during the COVID-19 pandemic. The webinar’s platform, facilitated by ICITAP’s Strategic Partnerships and Training Unit, allowed for the Spanish-language exchange among legal medicine practitioners, in particular the doctors responsible for conducting autopsies, as well as CSI personnel who respond to homicides or suspicious deaths with a need to take special precautions for their own safety and those with whom they may come in contact - community, family and/or colleagues. The webinar also covered safety precautions drawn from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidelines around COVID-19. With the assistance of the Central America offices of the State Department’s Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs (INL) and ICITAP attachés and country advisors throughout the Western Hemisphere, the webinar brought together 244 subject matter experts from Panama, Costa Rica, Guatemala, Honduras, Dominican Republic, Colombia, and from 17 Mexican states. Participants gained a better understanding on how to identify and mitigate COVID-19 risks and occupational exposures. This ICITAP-delivered event is critical as it will contribute to providing tools and information to practitioners throughout the Western Hemisphere, who are dealing with significant challenges during this COVID-19 pandemic.

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