The Peruvian Team of Forensic Anthropology (EPAF) is a Peruvian non-governmental organization dedicated to the investigation of serious human rights violations and to carrying out human development initiatives, with the aim to strengthen democratic governance and the rule of law in post-conflict settings and contexts of insecurity.
Currently, EPAF has a team of 15 people, including professional staff members and volunteers, dedicated to the advancement and defense of human rights through the various actions taken by the institution.
In Peru, EPAF works with families of victims of enforced disappearances and extrajudicial killings from the internal armed conflict of 1980-2000: mainly indigenous peasants, Quechua-speakers, in situations of poverty or extreme poverty, who under “normal” conditions don’t have not access to specialized consulting in forensic services.
EPAF has also worked as official expert of the Peruvian State in cases of serious human rights violations, 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, law enforcement agencies, organizations that promote and defend human rights, and investigative commissions of crimes against human rights and against international humanitarian law.
In Peru, the work of EPAF 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, EPAF has collaborated in cases in 4 continents. Countries including 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.