Professor Sanford will discuss human rights issues in Guatemala, Columbia and Ecuador. This session is open to all PICS students. Professor Sanford will be a panelist at the event titled “History, Health, and Rights in Guatemala,” taking place at 4 pm, at 1014 Tisch Hall.
Victoria Sanford is professor of anthropology at Lehman College where she is founding director of the Center for Human Rights and Peace Studies. She serves on the Doctoral Faculty at the City University of New York Graduate Center. She is a Research Associate at Columbia University’s Center for International Conflict Resolution and an Affiliated Scholar at Rutgers University’s Center for the Study of Genocide and Human Rights. She holds a doctorate in Anthropology from Stanford University where she studied International Human Rights Law at Stanford Law School and she holds a certificate in Human Rights Law from the Inter-American Institute of Human Rights in Costa Rica. She is the recipient of a John Simon Guggenheim Fellowship, a Bunting Peace Fellowship at Harvard’s Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Studies, a United States Institute for Peace grant, a Fulbright Teaching/Research Award, and a Rockefeller Fellowship, among others. She is the author of Buried Secrets: Truth and Human Rights in Guatemala (2003), Violencia y Genocidio en Guatemala (2003), Guatemala: Del Genocidio al Feminicidio (2008), La Masacre de Panzos: Etnicidad, Tierra y Violencia en Guatemala (2009), and co-author of the Guatemalan Forensic Anthropology Foundation's report to the Commission for Historical Clarification (the Guatemalan truth commission). In August of 2012, she served as an invited expert witness on the Guatemalan genocide before Judge Santiago Pedraz in the Spanish National Court’s international genocide case against the Guatemalan generals.