What is SOFA ?


The Society of Forensic Anthropologists (SOFA) is a U.S. based professional organization comprising over 40 practicing forensic anthropologists.  SOFA began as small group of anthropologists in civil service discussing ways to collaborate and improve the practice of forensic anthropology. The first SOFA meeting took place during the 2003 American Academy of Forensic Sciences (AAFS) annual conference in Chicago.  SOFA has been meeting regularly at the AAFS Annual Meeting since that time.

What is Forensic Anthropology ?


Forensic anthropology is the application of the methods of physical anthropology (biological anthropology) to the medicolegal investigation of death.  Physical anthropologists are experts in interpretation and recovery of human skeletal remains.  Forensic anthropologists use their expertise to provide expert opinions to Medical Examiners, Coroners, Law Enforcement, Government Attorneys and other relevant authorities.

Recent Announcements

  • NIJ funds SOFA Database project 2019 The National Institute of Justice has awarded Drs. Cris Hughes and Chelsey Juarez a grant  funding FADAMA.  The Forensic Anthropology Database for Assessing Methods Accuracy (FADAMA), is a database tool ...
    Posted Feb 18, 2019, 9:45 PM by Viktor Zaytsev
  • New Board of Directors The membership has voted in the new BOD who will serve for a three year term. Officers were chosen by the new Board:Katharine Pope, ChairChelsey Juarez, SecretaryWendy ...
    Posted Feb 11, 2018, 5:16 PM by Viktor Zaytsev
  • Fruits of NIJ Funded Projects in Forensic Anthropology Available Online Since 2005 the NIJ has supported several Forensic Science Research and Development Awards for research in forensic anthropology. The website containing the final reports and list of pending studies can ...
    Posted Oct 8, 2012, 3:09 PM by Brian Spatola^
  • SOFA Atlas Grant Announcement SOFA recently sent out the 2018 announcement for the Atlas Grants for 2018. SOFA Atlas Grants are competitive research grants designed to support and promote research that contributes to the ...
    Posted Feb 11, 2018, 5:29 PM by Viktor Zaytsev
  • SOFA Bibliography Available for Download The SOFA forensic anthropology bibliography is now available for download in BibTeX format for use in your preferred bibliography reader.  The bibliography is updated as of July of 2011 and ...
    Posted Sep 18, 2011, 10:33 AM by Brian Spatola^
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