Forensic Genetics in Service of Human Rights - PHR and Partners in El Salvador Launch New Course on Kinship and DNA
The expert group in forensic science of Physicians for Human Rights (Boston, USA), the Alliance of Forensic Scientists for Human Rights and Humanitarian Investigations (California), and the Association in Search of Disappeared Boys and Girls (Pro Busqueda, El Salvador) inaugurated the International Course "Theoretical and Practical Bases for evaluation of biological kinship in human identification using DNA." The goal of the course is to strengthen the capacity of organizations of victims, human rights NGOs, and forensic laboratories in Latin America as they learn the scientific truth in uncovering serious cases of human rights violations and demand justice.
Massachusetts Residents Stolen from Their Families in El Salvador during Civil War Announce Formation of Support Group
Today, three Massachusetts residents—Imelda Auron (W. Roxbury), Suzanne Berghaus (Wilmington), and Nelson DeWitt (Newton)—spoke for the first time as a group about their experience as children who were abducted from their families by El Salvadoran government forces during the El Salvadoran Civil War in the 1980s...
April 3, 2007: PHR's International Forensic Program Director Stefan Schmitt attended the reunion of a family in El Salvador with a daughter they hadn't seen in 25 years.
PHR Asks President of El Salvador to Comply with Inter-American Court of Human Rights Decision on Disappearances
On March 1, 2005, the Inter-American Court of Human Rights issued a decision pertaining to the case of the Serrano Cruz sisters, who were allegedly captured, kidnapped, and forcibly disappeared by the Salvadoran military during its "Operacion Limpieza" (Operation Clean-Up).
U.S. Team Transfers DNA Database to Salvadoran Group Searching for Children Who Disappeared in Civil War
A DNA database to reunite families torn apart during El Salvador's 1980-1992 civil war will be turned over this week to a San Salvadorbased group that is leading the charge to track down some of the 2,500 children orphaned or adopted during the conflict.