Fredy Peccerelli


Mr. Fredy Peccerelli began his career in forensic sciences when he joined the Guatemalan Forensic Anthropology Team in 1995; in 1997 he became a founding member of the Guatemalan Forensic Anthropology Foundation. He studied Anthropology at Brooklyn College, New York City University, and from 2003 to 2004 he studied an MSc in Forensic & Biological Anthropology at Bournemouth University, United Kingdom.

He has participated and led forensic investigations of mass human rights violations in Guatemala since 1995. During 1997 and 1998, 0 he participated in forensic investigations conducted by the United Nations International Tribunal for the Prosecution of Persons Responsible for Serious Violations of International Humanitarian Law Committed in the Territory of the Former Yugoslavia since 1991 (ICTY). In 2000 he led the Forensic Archaeology team of ICTY that focused on the recovery of victims from the Srebrenica Genocide.

He has rendered forensic reports and presented evidence at ICTY, the Inter-American Court of Human Rights and several Guatemalan courts. Mr. Peccerelli also founded the, now ISO 17025 accredited, FAFG Forensic Genetics Laboratory and National Genetic Database for Families and Victims of Enforced Disappearance.On May 1999, he was selected by Time Magazine and CNN as one of the 50 Latin American Leaders for the New Millennium; in May 2006, he was awarded the Washington Office on Latin America (WOLA)’s Human Rights Award; and in September 2008, The Committee on Human Rights of Scientists of the New York Academy of Sciences awarded him the Heinz R. Pagels Human Rights of Scientists Award. In May 2012 he was awarded with the Puffin/Alba award for Human Rights Activism together with Kate Doyle from the National Security Archive. In August 2012 he was named “Distinguished Guatemalan” by Universal Insurance Company, and in December 2012 he received the Canada’s Governor General David Johnston’s Special Honors Medal, in recognition of his exceptional and continuous promotion of bilateral relations between Guatemala and Canada.

Currently Mr. Peccerelli is the Executive Director of the Guatemalan Forensic Anthropology Foundation, National Director of the Transitional Justice Program of the United Nations Development Program in Guatemala, a member of the Advisory Council of the Historical Archives of the Guatemalan National Police, founding member of the Latin American Forensic Anthropology Association, the Affinity Group on Documents, Archives and Confronting the Past and the “Recording Casualties in Armed Conflicts” group promoted by the Oxford Research Group, as well as Adjunct Professor of the Forensic Sciences Masters Program with theMedical School at the University of San Carlos Guatemala(USAC).