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

The American Academy of Forensic Sciences (AAFS) Humanitarian and Human Rights Resource Center (HHRRC) seeks to promote humanitarian and human rights in the field of forensic sciences and the NIJ. The FTCoE will help to support key international agencies chosen by the HHRRC to improve the practice of forensic science and strengthen its impact on humanitarian and human rights issues through training and education and dissemination of best practices and guidelines. Some of the main focuses for the program are evidence preservation, training, research, and capacity building around the world. Research discussed in this Just So You Know episode includes looking at skeletal remains from the mass violence in Cambodia, develop the capacity of anthropology in Mexico, how nerve agents are incorporated into bones, and much more. Just Science interviews Dr. Douglas Ubelaker about the HHRRC’s efforts and his contributions to an in-brief about how the NIJ’s Forensic Technology Center of Excellence aids their mission.

This episode of Just Science is funded by the National Institute of Justice’s Forensic Technology Center of Excellence [Award 2016-MU-BX-K110].

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Dr. Douglas Ubelaker, is a curator and senior scientist at the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of Natural History, and has served as a consultant in forensic anthropology since 1978. As a consultant, he has served as an expert witness, reported on more than 900 cases, and has testified in numerous legal proceedings. Dr. Ubelaker is also the chair of The American Academy of Forensic Sciences (AAFS) Humanitarian and Human Rights Resource Center (HHRRC).