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Introduction à la recherche et à l'identification des personnes disparues dans des contextes de masse

Enrollment in this course is by invitation only

About This Course

The Forensic Academy aims to empower activists, academics, and practitioners to design and implement holistic forensic investigations and support programs for families of the Disappeared, based on their understanding of the local context in their countries.

It seeks to bring together international partners and participants working in diverse conflict and post-conflict settings with other stakeholders such as forensics experts, family members, prosecutors, and legal and psychosocial advisers to promote the exchange of experiences among them.


No formal qualifications or entry requirements are needed to take this course.

Course Staff

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Marco García

Licenciate degree in Biochemistry and Microbiology at the University Del Valle de Guatemala and a Master of arts in Criminalistics with a legal approach at University Mariano Gálvez de Guatemala. Broad experience in teaching forensic genetics both nationally and internationally.

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Alma Vásquez

Anthropologist with a Master's in Forensic Sciences. 19 years of experience at the FAFG, Expert Witness and Head of the Forensic Anthropology Department. Has completed more than 120 expert reports, including ones presented in genocide cases. Has shared her experiences with experts in Mexico, Colombia, El Salvador, Honduras and Guatemala.

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Claudia Rivera

Archaeologist from the University of San Carlos in Guatemala. She joined FAFG in 1997. She has presented expert reports, worked on cases of national relevance, acted as expert witness in human rights violation cases. She is the Director of Forensic Sciences and coordinates the operations in forensic anthropology processes.

Mishel Stephenson

Mishel Stephenson

Biochemist and Microbiologist. Master in Genetics. Chief of the Forensic Department at FAFG. Over 10 years of experience in forensic genetics. She has been expert witness and consultant on the use of genetics in criminal forensic investigations and human identification, particularly in the context of identification of disappeared persons.

Omar Bertoni Girón

Omar Bertoni Girón

Master in Forensic Sciences, BSc. in Criminology and Criminalistic Sciences. Over 15 years of experience in forensic sciences focusing on human identification, criminal investigation, criminalistic with focus on the search and identification of disappeared persons. President of the Latinamerican Association of Forensic Anthropology -ALAF- for two periods.

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What does the Forensic Anthropology Foundation of Guatemala do?

FAFG has developed a unique and multidisciplinary approach to the search for missing victims, identification of remains and holds leading expertise in investigating enforced disappearances in the context of Guatemala's armed conflict. FAFG uses scientific disciplines such as forensic anthropology, forensic archaeology, forensic genetics, and victim research.

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