Dr. Cristina Cattaneo Honored With 2022 AAFS HHRRC Clyde Snow Award

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Source: Dawnie Steadman, PhD, Chair of the AAFS Humanitarian and Human Rights Resource Center

Clyde C. Snow, PhD

The American Academy of Forensic Sciences Humanitarian and Human Rights Resource Center (AAFS HHRRC) offers the Clyde Snow Award to a forensic scientist or organization who has made outstanding contributions to humanitarian action and the global advancement of human rights through the use of forensic science. The award recognizes the pioneering contributions of forensic anthropologist Clyde Collins Snow (1928-2014) in the application of forensic science to human rights. Dr. Snow helped catalyze the development of forensic science to support human rights throughout Latin America and around the world. His career accomplishments present an extraordinary model for forensic scientists to reflect upon.

Many accomplished individuals and organizations were nominated this year for the Clyde Snow Award. All candidates were reviewed and ranked by the HHRRC International Advisory Council and Subcommittee Chairs. The HHRRC is pleased to announce that Dr. Cristina Cattaneo has been selected for the Clyde Snow Award.

Dr. Cristina Cattaneo is forensic pathologist and anthropologist and currently a Professor of Legal Medicine at the Faculty of Medicine of the Università degli Studi di Milano (Italy) and Director of LABANOF, Laboratorio di Antropologia e Odontologia Forense. She has been actively involved with the Italian Ministry of Internal Affairs in the creation of a national database for unidentified human remains. Since 2014, Dr. Cattaneo has been the medicolegal coordinator for the Governmental Office of the Commissioner for Missing Persons for the identification of deceased migrants. She also coordinates the medicolegal activities on victims of maltreatment and torture and unaccompanied minors in Milan.

Recipients of the Clyde Snow Award embody the spirit and far-reaching contributions made by Dr. Snow. The Award is also intended to stimulate the career development and minds of young forensic scientists. In addition, the Clyde Snow Award exemplifies the commitment of the AAFS to the application of forensic science to help resolve important issues in the international and global domain.

Candidates for this award (individuals or organizations) are nominated by a member of the international forensic science community. Selection criteria focus on the sustained body of work in humanitarian forensic science. The Clyde Snow Award is not for any specific contribution in the forensic sciences, but is intended to recognize a sustained effort in the global application of forensic science to human rights investigations and/or humanitarian action.

The Clyde Snow Award will be presented to Dr. Cattaneo during the 2022 AAFS Annual Business Meeting in February.