The Humanitarian and Human Rights Resource Center (HHRRC) seeks to utilize the assets of the American Academy of Forensic Sciences (AAFS) to promote the application of contemporary forensic science and forensic medicine principles to global humanitarian and/or human rights projects requiring special assistance. The Center is funded in part through the National Institute of Justice’s FTCoE.

HHRRC projects are those selected for support by the International Advisory Council of the HHRRC and can include research applied to humanitarian and human rights projects, training materials and equipment, and advising or subject matter expertise. The HHRRC also aims to provide support and encouragement to AAFS members to increase their engagement in applying contemporary forensic science to global humanitarian matters.

In addition to direct support for forensic studies, the HHRRC provides access to publications and educational materials to disseminate knowledge on the issues and application of contemporary forensic science and forensic medical principles. The HHRRC assists projects by making laboratory and analysis equipment available. To strengthen the available pool of advisors, the HHRRC established a database of volunteers willing to assist and make a difference in global humanitarian issues and possible violations of human rights.

Below are the archived resources from the previous seasons. For more information on a specific topic or to access the archived webinars, click on the links below.

2020 AAFS Humanitarian and Human Rights Resource Center Poster & Networking Session

An inaugural Humanitarian and Human Rights Poster and Networking Session was held on February 18th at the 2020 AAFS Annual Scientific Meeting in Anaheim, California. Over 200 attendees engaged with both the HHRRC researchers and mentors in the field  to learn about the application of forensic science in investigating humanitarian and human rights crises.

Listen to Our Podcast

 Just So You Know: AAFS Humanitarian and Human Rights Resource Center

 Just So You Know: The HHRRC’s Impact

Watch our Archived Webinars

2018 Series

Building Forensic Capacity Post-Conflict: Lessons from Uganda

Stable Isotope Analysis in a Humanitarian Context 

Isotopes Aiding Identification of Undocumented Border Crosser Human Remains

2017 Series

A Review of Forensic Anthropology in Mexico

Stable Isotope Forensics & Unknown Persons

Analysis & Conservation of Remains in Cambodia

Nerve Agent Uptake and Detection in Human Bone

2017 Series Summary Report

The FTCoE in collaboration with HHRRC hosted a four-part webinar series HHRRC projects addressing forensic applications and recent advanced of global humanitarian and human rights projects requiring HHRRC assistance. This in-brief report highlights the content of the webinar series and the reception of the series by the forensic science community.

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