Our Approach

1.- The Families with a disappeared relative should call 1598 (Outside guatemala contact us on phone (502) 2253-5009 / (502) 2232-6826, email info@fafg.org or find us in Facebook).

Someone from the FAFG will attend your call and take your personal information and an investigator from the FAFG will contact you and follow up on your case.

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2.- After obtaining the basic information, the investigator procceeds by taking a buccal swab (DNA sample) from each member of the family (parents, children, siblings, and aunts/uncles).

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3.- The DNA sample is sent to the FAFG’s Forensic Genetics Laboratory for analysis.

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4.-At the same time as the DNA is being collected fromt he relatives of the disappeared, FAFG archaeologists work in the search and exhumation of unidentified individuals who were buried as “XX” (John and Jane Does) during te Armed Conflict (1960-1996).

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5.- After the exhumation, the forensic anthropologists proceed to analyze the recovered remains. They take a bone sample from each skeleton and send it to the Forensic Genetics Laboratory for analysis.

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6.- At the Forensic Genetics Laboratory, using a specialized computerized system (MFISys) genetic comparisons are conducted between the bone sample from the recovered unidentified remains and the DNA sample from the living potential relatives.

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7.- Positive identification is achieved after careful review and confirmation of the entire process.

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8.- With positive identification, family members are able to provide a dignified burial for their relative, according to their customs and beliefs.

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