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We are proud to be a Preeminent Program at FIU: a collaborative endeavor that demonstrates extraordinary success in providing unique learning opportunities, pioneering research and engagement. Since 2018, we have sought to engage the forensic science and criminal justice industries from the crime scene to the courtroom.

Purpose: Equitable justice through science, scholarship, and service.

Mission: Truth and knowledge improve all aspects of the rule of law and systems of justice. Our comprehensive approach unites experts from all disciplines to strengthen and improve investigations, reduce injustices, and support a safer world for all. We are dedicated to fair, impartial, and proven approaches that leverage non-partisan science to benefit society.

Values: We promote the stewardship of strong scientific foundations, regardless of the discipline or field. We are committed to ethical scientific knowledge and research that inform decisions throughout the justice process. We believe that the truth can never hurt a just cause and we know that science, combined with humility and integrity, is the best path to the truth.

Our Director

Kevin Lothridge is the Director of the Global Forensic & Justice Center and Executive Director of the National Forensic Science Technology Center. Mr. Lothridge is an accomplished forensic scientist and business leader with 30 years of experience in the international forensics industry. Prior to joining NFSTC, he served as chief forensic chemist and laboratory director for the Pinellas County (FL) Sheriff’s Department and the Pinellas County Forensics Laboratory.

Mr. Lothridge holds a bachelor’s degree in Forensic Science from Eastern Kentucky University and a master’s degree in Management from National Louis University. He is currently completing a PhD in Forensic Chemistry at Western Sydney University. He has served as president of the American Society of Crime Lab Directors (ASCLD) and is a Fellow with the American Academy of Forensic Science.

Component Centers


The International Forensic Research Institute serves local and national law enforcement efforts in the application of scientific principles to the administration of justice. The mission of this self-supporting institute is to conduct original research in forensic science, transfer technologies from other scientific disciplines for use in forensic applications, provide scientific expertise to the law enforcement and legal community and to provide needed continuing education and advanced training to practicing scientists.

DeEtta Mills, Director

The National Forensic Science Technology Center, in Largo, Florida, works with laboratory, law enforcement and military professionals to improve forensic science practice in the US and around the world. NFSTC@FIU has the experience and expertise to improve quality and performance in almost any forensic discipline.

Kevin Lothridge, Executive Director

The Center for the Administration of Justice at FIU has been actively involved in justice system modernization since 1984. The center works both nationally and internationally with projects ranging from reforming prosecutorial systems in the United States to providing technical assistance and training to justice systems in Latin America. It's been the recipient of major grants from the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), World Bank, Inter-American Development Bank, INL, NIJ, MacArthur Foundation and Koch Foundation for projects in the United States, Latin America and the Caribbean. 

Luis Salas, Director

The Center for Advanced Research in Forensic Science serves as a platform for innovative and interdisciplinary forensic science research activities at the interface of academia, government, and industry. The center's research programs include forensic chemistry, digital forensics/data analytics, forensic molecular biology, behavioral sciences, forensic anthropology and forensic microbiology, with the possibility of future expansion to include other forensic disciplines.

Jose Almirall, Director