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

  • Statement on Race, Racism, and Diversity in Forensic Anthropology In June 2020, an open letter to the AAFS was signed by approximately 250 forensic scientists acknowledging the need for forensic organizations to 1) recognize the ongoing structural inequalities and ...
    Posted Aug 11, 2020, 7:09 PM by Viktor Zaytsev
  • SOFA meeting AAFS 2020
    Posted May 8, 2020, 5:59 PM by Viktor Zaytsev
  • SOFA elects new BOD 2020 Kat Pope: President Chelsey Juarez : Secretary Timothy Gocha TreasurerBrian Spatola Cris HughesLauren Zephro John Servello 
    Posted May 8, 2020, 5:50 PM by Viktor Zaytsev
  • FADAMA accepting cases and providing training The Forensic Anthropology Database for Assessing Methods Accuracy is up and running. Agencies or forensic anthropologists with identified cases can add cases to the database using the following link:  https ...
    Posted Feb 17, 2020, 10:06 PM by Viktor Zaytsev
  • 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
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