Stefan Schmitt, M.S. received his BA in Anthropology from Universidad del Valle, Guatemala, and his Master of Science in Criminology from Florida State University.
In 2018 he joined Florida International University’s National Forensic Science and Technology Center (NFSTC) as their International Forensic Program Lead. Prior to that, he directed Physicians for Human Rights’ International Forensic Program. From 1996 through 2006 Schmitt worked at the Florida Department of Law Enforcement 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, Mr. Schmitt has worked for the International Criminal Tribunals for Rwanda and the Former Yugoslavia and as a forensic consultant to the United Nations in countries such as Iraq, Afghanistan, Liberia, and Mali. He has also consulted for Human Rights groups around the world in countries such as Guatemala, Honduras, El Salvador, Colombia, Algeria, Russia, and Kyrgyzstan. Since 2008, he has trained a group of human rights, law enforcement officers, and physicians who formed the non-profit and non-governmental Afghan Forensic Science Organization. The organization now is a clearinghouse for forensic science in the country, spearheading information campaigns against torture, sexual violence and most recently conducting the country’s first exhumation.
Schmitt has led forensic investigations into violations of international humanitarian law, such as a massacre by Qaddafi forces in Tripoli for Libyan authorities and the ICC. He headed teams of experts that conducted a human identification needs assessment and gap analysis to advise on identifying the dead in Libya and Afghanistan.
He has published various book chapters and articles on mass graves and the role of human identifications in transitional justice contexts and is a co-author on the “The Minnesota Protocol on the Investigation of Potentially Unlawful Deaths: The Revised United Nations Manual on the Effective Prevention and Investigation of Extra-legal, Arbitrary and Summary Executions” and the AABB “Guidelines for Mass Fatality DNA Identification Operations.”
Mr. Schmitt is fluent in German, English, and Spanish and has also has language skills in French and Dari.
Gillian Fowler Gillian is a forensic anthropologist and archaeologist at Alecto Forensic Services and a Senior Lecturer at the University of Lincoln. Gillian has acted as an expert in several UK police investigations including the recovery and the subsequent analysis of human remains, working alongside police investigators, crime scene personnel and forensic pathologists. Prior to this she spent six years working as a full time Forensic Anthropologist for the Guatemalan Forensic Anthropology Foundation (FAFG). During this time Gillian participated in over thirty mass grave exhumations and prepared numerous forensic reports for the Guatemalan Prosecutor’s office. Gillian has also completed criminal cases in Kabul, Afghanistan and recently participated in the first mass grave exhumation in Afghanistan as a consultant for Physicians for Human Rights. She has trained medical, legal and police professionals in the field of forensic anthropology and archaeology in Guatemala, El Salvador, Afghanistan, South Africa and Northern Ireland.
Dr. Pierre Duterte, MD registered on the Board of the Order of French Doctors and psychotherapist certified by the French Regional Health Agency). Dr Duterte was qualified for medicine from the Lille University in 1981 and earned a Certificate in systemic therapy approach to family counselling from Mony Elkaim formation (Paris) in 2004. From 1994-2002, he was Head Physician at the Avre Health Care Centre (Health care for victims of torture). From 2002 to present, has been Director and founder of Parcours d’Exil, a psychological treatment and social support centre for victims of human rights violations and refugees. He is also President and founder of several other institutions, including the Ballal Association, which aids deported Mauritanians living in Senegal (1995), President and founder of the Torture Victim Healing Center Coalition of Latin Europe (CCVT-EL) (1999), Co-founder and General Secretary of the Namuwao Monrovia Association, a non-profit that helps former child soldiers (2008), and President and founder ofAssociation Enfants d’Afghanistan et d’ailleurs (association for the children of Afghanistan) (2012). From 1998-2005, he was Professor of Victimology at the University of Paris V René Descartes. Since 1999, he has been a facilitator for training sessions given to protection officers at the French Office of Refugees and Stateless Persons and at the Refugees Appeals Commission and a lecturer for courses organized by the United Nations Office of the High Commissioner for Refugees. Since 2006, he been a Member of the European Family Therapy Association and, since 2009, a Tenured Member of the French Society of Family Counselling. He has personally examined more than seven thousand survivors of torture and ill-treatment. He has lectured and taugHe isI am a Member of the Independent Forensic Expert Group (IFEG), an international group of preeminent experts specialised in the medico-legal evaluation of allegations of torture and ill-treatment pursuant to the UN Manual on the Effective Investigation and Documentation of Torture and Other Cruel Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment (commonly known as the “Istanbul Protocol”). He has trained in different countries on that topic.
Önder Özkalıpcı, MD, Associate Prof. of Forensic Medicine Forensic Physician with 25 years of experience. Temporary Consultant to UN OHCHR . One of three coordinators and a co-editor of the UN Manual on the Effective Investigation and Documentation of Torture and Other Cruel Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment: the Istanbul Protocol. Founding member and medical coordinator of International Forensic Expert Group Against Torture (IFEG ) between 2009-2011.Former medical director /Senior forensic advisor of International Rehabilitation Council for Victims of Torture and former detention doctor of International Committee of the Red Cross. Provided forensic reports on demand to several international bodies including European Human Rights Court, African Commission for Human Rights, Inter American Commission for Human Rights, and National Courts of Cyprus, Georgia, Sweden, Denmark, Turkey, International Criminal Tribunal for Former Yugoslavia (ICTY), UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights. Participated fact finding missions by different international organizations on Gaza, Bosnia , Syria, South Sudan and on Turkey and provided reports. Published several articles , book chapters and a medical atlas on physical findings of torture. Member of the World Psychiatric Association Section on Psychological Consequences of Torture and Persecution, Steering committee of IFEG, and International Editorial Board of Journal of Forensic and Legal Medicine, Editorial board of Torture Journal (IRCT), Int. Advisory board of The Bulletin of Legal Medicine, Society of Forensic Physicians of Turkey.
Alan Rabinson “A forensic scientist and criminologist with two masters degrees and 17 years of professional international experience, 12 of these at top managerial level | A highly experienced forensic anthropologist and archaeologist with hundreds of cases investigated in 8 countries with NGOs, the UN and the EU | A specialist in the design and implementation of strategic plans to determine the fate of the Missing from conflict and non-conflict zones | Highly experienced in DVI and other mass fatality incident processes | An effective complex case analyst | An experienced advisor to Cabinet Ministers, Diplomats, Heads of Mission, Judicial and Law Enforcement Officials | Highly experienced institutional strengthening specialist | A local capacity building veteran with a firm belief in the benefit of grass-roots and local forensic development | Professional Member of the Chartered Society of Forensic Sciences | Fellow of the Royal Anthropological Society |”