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Stefan Schmitt, MS

Position: Director of the International Forensic Program
Stefan Schmitt

Stefan Schmitt directs PHR’s International Forensic Program. Most recently, Schmitt documented a massacre by Qaddafi forces in Tripoli for Libyan authorities and the International Criminal Court.  Subsequently, the authorities asked him to assemble a team of forensic and legal experts to conduct a human identification needs assessment and gap analysis to advise on identifying the dead from Libya’s revolution.

Prior to joining PHR, Schmitt worked for the Florida Department of Law Enforcement for nearly a decade as a crime scene and digital video enhancement analyst. Before that, he lived in Guatemala, where he founded the country’s first forensic anthropology team in 1992.

Internationally, Schmitt has worked for the International Criminal Tribunals for Rwanda and the former Yugoslavia and as a forensic consultant to the UN in Afghanistan, Iraq, and Liberia, among others. He has also consulted for human rights groups around the world on cases where forensic science documents human rights abuses, including in Algeria, Colombia, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Kyrgyzstan, and Russia. Since 2008, he has been implementing a project in Afghanistan on “Truth Seeking and the Role of Forensic Science” as a means to implement a transitional justice process.

Stefan has taught a course on international human rights investigations at Florida State University, designed distance-learning courses, and developed training and security related material for the Florida Department of Law Enforcement. He has also designed and taught two annual courses on crime scene and evidence documentation and forensic operations for human rights practitioners and “first responders” to international crime scenes.

Schmitt holds a BA in anthropology from Universidad del Valle, Guatemala, as well as an MS in criminology and criminal justice from Florida State University. Schmitt is fluent in German, English, and Spanish and has language skills in French and Dari.