Statement from The Legal Aid Society on NYS Commission on Forensic Science Vote Approving Familial DNA Testing
FRIDAY, JUNE 16, 2017

Tina Luongo, Attorney-in-Charge of the Criminal Practice at The Legal Aid Society, issued the following statement today responding to the New York State Commission on Forensic Science’s vote approving familial DNA testing.

“Civil rights and privacy lost with today’s vote approving statewide familial DNA searching. Instead of delegating to the New York State Legislature for a complete debate on its use, the Commission on Forensic Science made a rushed, politically-influenced decision that has the potential to criminalize innocent New Yorkers – most from communities of color - for crimes that they did not commit. We are considering all options, including litigation and legislation, to thwart this ill-advised approval.”