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1960
The Internal Armed Conflict lasts 36 years in Guatemala. The Commission for Historical Clarification reported approximately 200,000 victims, of which 40,000 people were victims of enforced disappearances. They remain Disappeared to this day.
1960

The Internal Armed Conflict lasts 36 years in Guatemala. The Commission for Historical Clarification reported approximately 200,000 victims, of which 40,000 people were victims of enforced disappearances. They remain Disappeared to this day.

The Internal Armed Conflict lasts 36 years in Guatemala. The Commission for Historical Clarification reported approximately 200,000 victims, of which 40,000 people were victims of enforced disappearances. They remain Disappeared to this day.

1992
Renowned US Forensic Anthropologist, Dr. Clyde Snow (1928-2014) gathers a team of forensic professionals to investigate the cases of the Internal Armed Conflict, establishing the Forensic Anthropology Team of Guatemala.
1992

Renowned US Forensic Anthropologist, Dr. Clyde Snow (1928-2014) gathers a team of forensic professionals to investigate the cases of the Internal Armed Conflict, establishing the Forensic Anthropology Team of Guatemala.

Renowned US Forensic Anthropologist, Dr. Clyde Snow (1928-2014) gathers a team of forensic professionals to investigate the cases of the Internal Armed Conflict, establishing the Forensic Anthropology Team of Guatemala.

A member of the Forensic Anthropology Team of Guatemala participates in the exhumations in Kurdistan, alongside Dr. Clyde Snow.
1992

A member of the Forensic Anthropology Team of Guatemala participates in the exhumations in Kurdistan, alongside Dr. Clyde Snow.

A member of the Forensic Anthropology Team of Guatemala participates in the exhumations in Kurdistan, alongside Dr. Clyde Snow.

1993
1993

The Forensic Anthropology Team of Guatemala participates with Physicians for Human Rights in forensic investigations in Honduras.

1995
The Forensic Anthropology Team of Guatemala publishes the book Las Masacres en Rabinal (The Rabinal Massacres).
1995

The Forensic Anthropology Team of Guatemala publishes the book Las Masacres en Rabinal (The Rabinal Massacres).

The Forensic Anthropology Team of Guatemala publishes the book Las Masacres en Rabinal (The Rabinal Massacres).

1996
1996

The Forensic Anthropology Team of Guatemala participates with Physicians for Human Rights in forensic investigations in Bosnia & Herzegovina and Haiti.

1997
The Forensic Anthropology Foundation of Guatemala (FAFG) is established.
1997

The Forensic Anthropology Foundation of Guatemala (FAFG) is established.

The Forensic Anthropology Foundation of Guatemala (FAFG) is established.

The Commission for Historical Clarification requests FAFG to commence the first four forensic investigations in Panzos, Alta Verapaz; Acul, Nebaj, Quiche; Chel, Chajul, Quiché; and Belén, Santo Domingo, Suchitepequez.
1997

The Commission for Historical Clarification requests FAFG to commence the first four forensic investigations in Panzos, Alta Verapaz; Acul, Nebaj, Quiche; Chel, Chajul, Quiché; and Belén, Santo Domingo, Suchitepequez.

The Commission for Historical Clarification requests FAFG to commence the first four forensic investigations in Panzos, Alta Verapaz; Acul, Nebaj, Quiche; Chel, Chajul, Quiché; and Belén, Santo Domingo, Suchitepequez.

1997

FAFG participates in the first forensic investigation of the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia.

1998
1998

First project with the Embassy of the Netherlands begins with the exhumation of Chupol, Chichicastenango, Quiché.

1998

Project with the Embassy of the Netherlands and USAID is launched, expanding the FAFG team by contracting 24 new members.

1999
1999

FAFG participates in the first forensic team of the United Nations Interim Administration Mission in Kosovo.

2000
2000

FAFG collaborates with the UNDP to present a holistic approach that includes psychosocial and legal support for families.

2002
2002

FAFG launches the project, Officialization of the Manual of Procedures for Forensic Anthropological Investigations in Guatemala, in collaboration with the Public Ministry for exhumations within the country and to implement the new criminal process.

2003
2003

Exhumation begins at the San Juan Comalapa former military base, recovering 220 victims.

2004
2004

The forensic investigation at the former military base in Rabinal, Alta Verapaz begins. The collection of XX files in the La Verbena Cemetery, initiates the search strategy for Disappeared persons.

2004

FAFG participates in forensic investigations led by the Office on Missing Persons and Forensics in Kosovo.

2006
The recovery of landslide victims in Panabaj, Santiago, Atitlán. FAFG recovered 106 bodies of which 102 were identified and buried by their families.
2006

The recovery of landslide victims in Panabaj, Santiago, Atitlán. FAFG recovered 106 bodies of which 102 were identified and buried by their families.

The recovery of landslide victims in Panabaj, Santiago, Atitlán. FAFG recovered 106 bodies of which 102 were identified and buried by their families.

2008
FAFG’s Forensic Genetics laboratory opens it’s doors.
2008

FAFG’s Forensic Genetics laboratory opens it’s doors.

FAFG’s Forensic Genetics laboratory opens it’s doors.

FAFG takes the first reference genetic sample for the FAFG’s National Genetic Bank from the family of the child, Marco Antonio Molina Thiessen.
2008

FAFG takes the first reference genetic sample for the FAFG’s National Genetic Bank from the family of the child, Marco Antonio Molina Thiessen.

FAFG takes the first reference genetic sample for the FAFG’s National Genetic Bank from the family of the child, Marco Antonio Molina Thiessen.

2009
2009

Searching for Disappeared Persons Manual is created.

2010
FAFG’s Forensic Genetics laboratory is accredited under ISO 17025:2005.
2010

FAFG’s Forensic Genetics laboratory is accredited under ISO 17025:2005.

FAFG’s Forensic Genetics laboratory is accredited under ISO 17025:2005.

The exhumation of La Verbena Cemetery is completed, recovering at least 15,557 individuals from 5 skeletal ossuaries (or bone wells).
2010

The exhumation of La Verbena Cemetery is completed, recovering at least 15,557 individuals from 5 skeletal ossuaries (or bone wells).

The exhumation of La Verbena Cemetery is completed, recovering at least 15,557 individuals from 5 skeletal ossuaries (or bone wells).

2010

FAFG participates in another trial of the Massacre of Las Dos Erres, La Libertad, Petén.

2011
FAFG identify Sergio Saúl Linares and Amancio Samuel Villatoro, who appear in the Diario Militar. Their bodies were exhumed from grave IX found in the old military installation located in San Juan Comalapa, Chimaltenango. Both families give their reference genetic samples at the La Verbena Cemetery in the hope of finding their bodies there.
2011

FAFG identify Sergio Saúl Linares and Amancio Samuel Villatoro, who appear in the Diario Militar. Their bodies were exhumed from grave IX found in the old military installation located in San Juan Comalapa, Chimaltenango. Both families give their reference genetic samples at the La Verbena Cemetery in the hope of finding their bodies there.

FAFG identify Sergio Saúl Linares and Amancio Samuel Villatoro, who appear in the Diario Militar. Their bodies were exhumed from grave IX found in the old military installation located in San Juan Comalapa, Chimaltenango. Both families give their reference genetic samples at the La Verbena Cemetery in the hope of finding their bodies there.

2012
FAFG forensic experts testify in the first national judicial process against a former head of state on charges of genocide and crimes against humanity.
2012

FAFG forensic experts testify in the first national judicial process against a former head of state on charges of genocide and crimes against humanity.

FAFG forensic experts testify in the first national judicial process against a former head of state on charges of genocide and crimes against humanity.

2012

FAFG begins exhumations at the Regional Peacekeeping Operations Training Command (CREOMPAZ) where a minimum of 565 individuals were recovered in 85 graves.

2012

FAFG participates in the Massacre Plan de Sánchez trial.

2013
The exhumation of La Verbena Cemetery is completed, recovering at least 15,557 individuals from 5 skeletal ossuaries (or bone wells).
2013

The exhumation of La Verbena Cemetery is completed, recovering at least 15,557 individuals from 5 skeletal ossuaries (or bone wells).

The exhumation of La Verbena Cemetery is completed, recovering at least 15,557 individuals from 5 skeletal ossuaries (or bone wells).

2014
2014

FAFG becomes a partner of the Global Initiative for Justice, Truth, and Reconciliation (GIJTR) Consortium.

2015
First recordings of Life Histories (Historias de Vida) of survivors of the Internal Armed Conflict, initiating FAFG’s Life Histories Archive in collaboration with USC Shoah Foundation.
2015

First recordings of Life Histories (Historias de Vida) of survivors of the Internal Armed Conflict, initiating FAFG’s Life Histories Archive in collaboration with USC Shoah Foundation.

First recordings of Life Histories (Historias de Vida) of survivors of the Internal Armed Conflict, initiating FAFG’s Life Histories Archive in collaboration with USC Shoah Foundation.

2015

The revision of the Minnesota Protocol is carried out.

2015

Fifteen experts from the FAFG participate in the Genocidio Ixil trial.

FAFG collaborates in the development of the documentary, Finding Oscar.
2015

FAFG collaborates in the development of the documentary, Finding Oscar.

FAFG collaborates in the development of the documentary, Finding Oscar.

2016
Two people from FAFG participate as experts in the trial of the Aldea Sepur Zarco Military Detachment.
2016

Two people from FAFG participate as experts in the trial of the Aldea Sepur Zarco Military Detachment.

Two people from FAFG participate as experts in the trial of the Aldea Sepur Zarco Military Detachment.

2017
2017

The forensic investigation begins in the old military base in Xolusinay, San Juan Cotzal, Quiché.

2017

The forensic investigation begins in the old military base in Xolusinay, San Juan Cotzal, Quiché.

Workshop in Mexico to share our experience in the search for Disappeared persons in Guatemala.
2017

Workshop in Mexico to share our experience in the search for Disappeared persons in Guatemala.

Workshop in Mexico to share our experience in the search for Disappeared persons in Guatemala.

Forensic Science in Transitional Justice and the Search for the Disappeared: Exchange of Experiences and Training Program in Sri Lanka.
2017

Forensic Science in Transitional Justice and the Search for the Disappeared: Exchange of Experiences and Training Program in Sri Lanka.

Forensic Science in Transitional Justice and the Search for the Disappeared: Exchange of Experiences and Training Program in Sri Lanka.

2018
2018

FAFG initiates partnership to share knowledge and expertise with National Search Commissions in El Salvador and Colombia.

FAFG and CONAVIGUA inaugurate the San Juan Comalapa Memorial for Victims of Enforced Disappearance on June 21st, burying 172 unidentified victims at the memorial for their safekeeping while FAFG continues all efforts to uncover and confirm their identification.
2018

FAFG and CONAVIGUA inaugurate the San Juan Comalapa Memorial for Victims of Enforced Disappearance on June 21st, burying 172 unidentified victims at the memorial for their safekeeping while FAFG continues all efforts to uncover and confirm their identification.

FAFG and CONAVIGUA inaugurate the San Juan Comalapa Memorial for Victims of Enforced Disappearance on June 21st, burying 172 unidentified victims at the memorial for their safekeeping while FAFG continues all efforts to uncover and confirm their identification.

2018

Workshop on strengthening capacities to address the rights of the families of victims of enforced disappearances in Colombia.

2018

FAFG participates in the trials of Myrna Mack and Molina Thiessen.

2019
2019

The forensic investigation begins at the military base in Caserío El Infierno, Aldea La Pólvora, Melchor de Mencos, Petén.

Recovery work begins with the victims of the Fuego Volcano eruption in San Miguel Los Lotes.
2019

Recovery work begins with the victims of the Fuego Volcano eruption in San Miguel Los Lotes.

Recovery work begins with the victims of the Fuego Volcano eruption in San Miguel Los Lotes.

Launching of the Forensic Academy in Guatemala and Rwanda, participants from different parts of the world are invited to share and exchange experiences.
2019

Launching of the Forensic Academy in Guatemala and Rwanda, participants from different parts of the world are invited to share and exchange experiences.

Launching of the Forensic Academy in Guatemala and Rwanda, participants from different parts of the world are invited to share and exchange experiences.

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