HHRRC Awards to Support Global Humanitarian and Human Rights Efforts

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

The Humanitarian and Human Rights Center (HHRRC) utilizes the American Academy of Forensic Sciences (AAFS) expertise and other assets to promote research, training, and on-the-ground support of global humanitarian and human rights efforts. Funded collaboratively by the National Institute of Justice’s Forensic Technology Center of Excellence and the AAFS, the HHRRC is proud to announce support for nine projects that address humanitarian and human rights issues by employing diverse forensic approaches. This work will take place along the United States southern border, at the site of the Tulsa Race Massacre, massacre sites in the Republic of Georgia, multiple sites in Africa, support new trace analysis research, and more. Congratulations to all!

  • Phoebe Stubblefield (USA)—Recovery and Analysis of Human Remains Derived From the 1921 Tulsa Race Massacre. ($12,332)
  • Herbert Mushumba (Rwanda)—Capacity Building for Rwandan Medical Officers in the field of Forensic Pathology Basic Skills. ($14,975)
  • Jack Hietpas (USA)—Hair and Natural Textiles as Detectors for Chlorine Gas Exposure. ($12,700)
  • Meri Gonashvili (Republic of Georgia)—The Georgian Recovery, Documentation, Identification Project: Anthropological Analysis of Victims of the 1937-1938 Soviet Repressions in Adjara. ($14,999)
  • Uwom Eze (Nigeria)—African Society of Forensic Medicine. ($15,000)
  • Claudia Plans (Brazil)—Book publication: Human Rights From the Perspective of the Right to Life. Forensic Anthropology and Justice in the Case of Violations. ($1,890)
  • Tumisang Thabo Mbedzi (UK/Africa)—Disaster Victim Identification and Migration—The Value of Using Scarification and Tribal Markings as Secondary Identifiers in Mass Fatality Incidents. ($14,525)
  • Denise Gemmellaro (USA)—Establishment of the First Forensic Laboratory in the Republic of the Gambia With an Initial Focus on Forensic Entomology. ($13,075)
  • Robin Reineke (USA)—Colibrí Latin America Initiative. ($10,565)