IPN: the CODIS system will facilitate the restoration of identity to victims of totalitarianism

During today's conference the authorities of the Institute of National Remembrance informed the public about the introduction of the CODIS system to recognise the victims of totalitarian regimes that ruled Poland in XX century.

The process of applying for the IPN to have access to some functionalities of the Combined DNA Index System (CODIS) was initiated in 2017. These functionalities included collecting and automatically comparing DNA profiles to determine kinship.

‘Under the cooperation agreement between the Institute of National Remembrance - the Commission for the Prosecution of Crimes against the Polish Nation and the US Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), an installation of the CODIS system was carried out at the Institute, which is used to conduct advanced comparative analysis of DNA profiles in order to identify individuals’ - IPN announced.

The use of the CODIS system will also be implemented in cooperation with the investigation department of the Institute of National Remembrance. The data obtained using this tool will be used for the purposes of criminal proceedings conducted by the Institute's prosecutors. The Institute has been searching for secret places of burial of victims of totalitarianism for many years in Poland, and for several years abroad.

Historians estimate that in 1944-56 as a result of communist terror in Poland, more than 50,000 people were killed.