Sunday, October 14, 2012, Nashville, TN

This workshop includes a presentation on the new American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) Science and Human Rights Coalition Guidelines for Scientists and Human Rights Organizations developed by a group of collaborating scientists and representatives of human right organizations. The guidelines are designed to help those establishing science and human rights partnerships and to facilitate and promote cooperation between scientists and human rights organizations seeking scientific expertise. Speakers from past and present humanitarian and human rights projects will describe their use of volunteers and their experience as a volunteer.



After attending the HITA Workshop participants will be able to:

  • Understand the purpose of the Science and Human Rights Coalition’s Human Rights Projects: Guidelines for Scientists and Human Rights Organizations.
  • Become familiar with past and current human rights initiatives supported by forensic scientists
  • Understand the considerations important in supporting human rights initiatives.
  • Define at least 4-5 ways that forensic scientists can use their skills and potentially volunteer in the support of human rights projects.

 Presentations available for download are linked in the program schedule below.

Time Topic Speaker
1:00 – 1:15 Welcome and Introductions Mike Baird
DNA Diagnostics Center
1:15 – 1:45 Human Rights Projects: Guidelines for Scientists and Human Rights Organizations Mandy Sozer
SNA International
1:45 – 2:15 The Importance of Volunteers: The Value of Scientific Expertise in Human Rights Advocacy Andrea Gittleman
Physicians For Human Rights
2:15 – 2:45 Enhancing the Scientific and Technical Capacity of Human Rights Organizations Cristián Orrego Benavente
Human Rights Center, UC Berkeley
2:45 – 3:15 The AAAS Science and Human Rights Coalition –
Science in the Service of Human Rights
Theresa Harris
3:15 – 3:30 BREAK
3:30 – 4:00 Hurricane Katrina – Using Forensic DNA Analyst Volunteers Shelly Beckwith
Paternity Testing Corporation
4:00 – 4:30 Hurricane Katrina – The Forensic DNA Analyst Volunteer Perspective Lisa Misner
Promega Corporation
4:30 – 4:55 Open Discussion with Speakers Mandy Sozer (Facilitator)
4:55 – 5:00 Closing Remarks Mike Baird