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National Missing and Unidentified Persons System (NamUs)

Justice Department Fights for the Missing

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Since 2007, the U.S. Department of Justice has helped to lead the search for tens of thousands of missing Americans. Created by the Department’s National Institute of Justice (NIJ), the National Missing and Unidentified Persons System, known as NamUs, catalogs photos, fingerprints, dental records and other forensic evidence in an effort to find the missing, identify human remains and close cases that, in many...

Office of Justice Programs (OJP) / Centers for Disease Control (CDC) Federal Medicolegal Death Investigation Interagency Working Group (MDI-IWG) Resource Page

The Department of Justice’s (DOJ) Office of Justice Programs (OJP) and the Department of Health and Human Services’ (HHS) Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) established this Federal Medicolegal Death Investigation (MDI) Interagency working group (MDI-IWG) to coordinate Federal initiatives to strengthen the MDI system and support death investigation services practiced by medical examiner and coroner offices (ME/Cs) across the United States. The MDI-IWG...

Finding the Missing in Indian Country

Juanita Adams
Juanita Adams

It seems prescient that Juanita Adams' Lakota name, Omani Wi, means "woman on the longest walk." Because her last journey took 30 years—until she reached her final resting place with her family, in South Dakota's Badlands on the Pine Ridge Reservation.

A member of the Oglala Lakota Tribe, Juanita was 19 years old when she left Pine Ridge in 1978 to join the American Indian...

Law Enforcement Resources

OJP, along with DOJ partners, are committed to supporting and protecting America's law enforcement. Featured resources include officer safety & wellness, DOJ resources, VALOR, tribal law enforcement, and helping law enforcement combat opioids.

NIJ Journal Issue No. 279

Date Published
April 2018
Publication Type
Technical Assistance, Program/Project Description, Instructional Material