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PHR's International Forensic Program participates in environmental assessments using forensic science to discover the effects of toxins on local populations.

Goldcorp on Trial (TowardFreedom.com, September 5, 2012)

The International Peoples’ Health Tribunal (IPHT) took place in San Miguel Ixtahuacán, a municipality in Guatemala’s Western Highlands. San Miguel Ixtahuacán is the main site of the Marlin mine, an open pit gold mine that is one of the most important projects of Canadian gold mining giant Goldcorp Inc. The Marlin Mine was investigated by PHR in 2010.

Hans Hogrefe to be Honored for Contributions to Human Rights (July 11, 2011)

Hans Hogrefe, PHR’s Chief Policy Officer and Washington Director, will be honored by the Stewart Mott Foundation and the Open Society Foundation for his contributions to human rights.

Scientists Find Elevated Levels of Potentially Toxic Metals in Some Guatemalans Living Near Canadian-owned Mine, Recommend Further Studies (May 18, 2010)

Environmental health scientists from the University of Michigan find that a sample of Guatemalans who live near a controversial gold and silver mine in the country's western highlands have higher levels of potentially toxic heavy metals in their urine and blood than a sample of residents who live farther from the mine.

Científicos detectan niveles elevados de metales potencialmente tóxicos en algunos vecinos de la Mina Marlin en Guatemala, recomiendan estudios adicionales (May 18, 2010)

Científicos de la salud ambiental de la Universidad de Michigan en Estados Unidos informan que una muestra de vecinos de la Mina Marlin en Guatemala tiene niveles más elevados de metales potencialmente tóxicos en su orina y sangre, que la muestra de personas que residen más alejadas de la mina.

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Learn to Document War Crimes and Atrocities (November 19, 2009)

We are now accepting applications for the PHR International Forensic Program's spring training program in Crime Scene and Evidence Documentation, which will be held from April 26-30, 2010 in Tallahassee, Florida.

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Toxic Metals and Indigenous Peoples Near the Marlin Mine in Western Guatemala (May 2010)

Environmental health scientists from the University of Michigan find that a sample of Guatemalans who live near a controversial gold and silver mine in the country's western highlands have higher levels of potentially toxic heavy metals in their urine and blood than a sample of residents who live farther from the mine....

Measuring Landmine Incidents and Injuries and the Capacity to Provide Care (March 2000)

PHR provides a guide for epidemiological-based surveys, which provide essential data for properly quantifying the public health consequences of landmines responsible for the death or injury of tens of thousands of people every year despite an international treaty banning their use. The development of standardized survey tools will help to ensure that data collection proceeds according to appropriate scientific methods and allows the comparison of data between different regions and countries.

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Toxic Metals and Indigenous Peoples Near the Marlin Mine in Western Guatemala

Environmental health scientists from the University of Michigan find that a sample of Guatemalans who live near a controversial gold and silver mine in the country's western highlands have higher levels of potentially toxic heavy metals in their urine and blood than a sample of residents who live farther from the mine.... Read More »