This book charts the development of forensic anthropology teams in Latin America and surveys their main characteristics, achievements, and challenges in light of a recent past fraught with state repression and violence.
The volume contains contributions by an interdisciplinary group of scholars from several Latin American universities, with chapters on Argentina, Chile, Uruguay, Peru, Guatemala, and Mexico. These countries’ shared legacy is a host of human rights violations that continue to have an impact on present day society. Following the move towards democracy and a public demand for truth and justice, the volume highlights the role of forensic anthropology teams and their contribution as a source of information for the historical narrative, as a legal asset in enforcing the right to truth, and in achieving reparation for victims.
This collection will be of interest to scholars from Anthropology, Latin American Studies, Politics, and History.
Table of Contents
José María López-Mazz
1. Where you Leave from, How you Travel, and Where you Arrive to: An Introduction
2. Inter-American Human Rights Law and Forensic Anthropology
3. The End of Negationism in Latin America: The Argentine Forensic Anthropology Team
4. The Role of Forensic Anthropology in the Identification of Missing Detainees in Chile: Between Pacts of Silence and Lack of Traces
5. Forensic Anthropology in Uruguay: Limits and Certainties about Violence and Political Repression
6. The Epaf and the Search for Missing Persons under a Humanitarian Umbrella in Peru
Carmen Rosa Cardoza
7. From Elucidation to the Pursuit of Justice: Forensic Anthropology in Guatemala
Ricardo Sáenz-de Tejada
8. Forced Disappearance and Forensic Anthropology in Mexico: An Unresolved Matter
Evangelina Sánchez-Serrano and Claudia E.G. Rangel-Lozano
9. Arrival at Destination, Anchoring, and Then…
Silvia Dutrénit Bielous is a professor and researcher at the Mora Institute, Mexico.