Training and Advisory Assistance
The goal of EAAF's Training and Advisory Assistance Program is to strengthen the skills of local forensic experts, other interested professionals and activists to investigate human rights violations.
In countries where the EAAF is conducting investigations, we engage actively in outreach to those affected or interested in the outcome of the work, giving numerous public presentations and interviews to judges, lawyers, human rights activists, forensic specialists, and journalists. The EAAF also focuses on building long-term capacity and, where possible, trains and accompanies the formation of local forensic anthropology teams dedicated to human rights. In particular, the team helped establish local forensic anthropology groups dedicated to investigate past abuses through scientific methods in Chile, El Salvador, Guatemala, and The Philippines. In addition, the EAAF has trained hundreds of students, professionals and activists who are currently applying forensic sciences to their human rights work throughout the world.
The EAAF has numerous links with academic institutions throughout the world as a way of encouraging theoretical reflection, the exchange of knowledge, techniques and facilities and the incorporation of this innovative application of forensic sciences to teaching. The EAAF is regularly invited to academic seminars in different countries to share our practical experience with this developing field. The team also receives the support of several academic institutions in the North, whose equipment, facilities and technology are needed for resolving cases given the limited access to these resources in Argentina, particularly for DNA testing. The EAAF also collaborates extensively with universities on other projects of scientific development.
The EAAF also conducts seminars and offers regular courses at universities. Currently, we are teaching at both the School of Medicine and the School of Anthropology of the University of Buenos Aires. We also provide more in-depth training to small groups of students who collaborate on our laboratory work on the analysis of human remains. As part of this training, the EAAF conducts monthly exhumations of unnamed ("John Doe") burial sites at a local cemetery in Buenos Aires. During international missions, the EAAF also gives presentations and conferences at academic institutions in order to raise awareness about the role of forensic investigations in human rights cases in the country and to encourage the involvement of local professionals.