Stefan Schmitt, MS
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.
Blog Posts by Stefan Schmitt, MS
- Science and Justice in Afghanistan (April 27, 2012)
- Obama’s Attempt to Prevent Mass Atrocities is Positive First Step (August 16, 2011)
- Hope for Justice in Afghanistan Comes from Afghans (September 27, 2010)
PHR Reports by Stefan Schmitt, MS
- Impunity in Honduras (February 12, 2014)
- Securing Afghanistan's Past: Human Remains Identification Needs and Gap Analysis (April 23, 2013)
- Libyan Human Identification Needs Assessment and Gap Analysis (March 15, 2013)
- Afghanistan Support Project July 2007 (October 29, 2007)
Audio & Video featuring Stefan Schmitt, MS
- BBC Interview of Stefan Schmitt on Rwandan Genocide Victims, BBC World Service (August 30, 2011)
- Truth Seeking, the Role of Exhumation, Human Identifications and the Limits of DNA Analysis (April 20, 2011)