The Peruvian Team of Forensic Anthropology (EPAF) is a Peruvian non-governmental organization dedicated to investigations into serious violations of human rights and human development initiatives, with the aim of strengthening democratic governance and the rule of law in contexts of post conflict and insecurity.
EPAF investigates serious violations of human rights and carries out human development initiatives, with the aim of strengthening democratic governance and the rule of law in contexts of post-conflict and insecurity. Currently, EPAF has a team of 15 people, including professionals and volunteers, dedicated to the promotion and defense of human rights through the various actions taken by the institution.
Who we work with?
In Peru, EPAF works with families of victims of enforced disappearances and extrajudicial killings during the internal armed conflict of 1980-2000: mainly indigenous peasants, quechua-speakers, in poverty or extreme poverty, under “normal” conditions they have not access to specialized consulting forensic services.
EPAF has also worked -free of charge- as official expert of the Peruvian State in case of serious violations of human rights, before internal and supranational jurisdiction; and as an independent expert on behalf of violent crimes in cases that required forensic specialist advice.
Internationally, EPAF also works with families of victims of serious violations of human rights, State agencies responsible for enforcing the law, organizations that promote and defend human rights, and investigative commissions of crimes against human rights and against international humanitarian law.
Where we work?
In Peru, EPAF work covers the entire national territory. However, in recent years we have concentrated our efforts in the basin of the Pampas-Qaracha rivers, one of the areas most affected by the internal armed conflict of 1980-2000.
Since its founding, the EPAF has provided collaboration in cases in 4 continents. Bosnia, Kosovo, Croatia, Rwanda, Congo, the Philippines, Ethiopia, Chile, Ecuador, Colombia, Brazil, Venezuela, El Salvador, Mexico, Guatemala, United States, Somaliland, Kenya, Nepal, Algeria and Haiti have witnessed our actions.