Ute Hofmeister has worked as forensic expert in international human rights and humanitarian contexts since 1995. She worked with various organizations (UN, ICTY, ICMP, EAAF, FAFG), mainly in the Balkans and Latin America, until joining the incipient ICRC forensic team in 2005. After some years at ICRC headquarters in Geneva -dedicated in part to the development of ICRC’s data management tool for forensic investigations and human identification AM/PM- Ute was later responsible for setting up ICRCs forensic programs on the American continent, working from Colombia and later Mexico. She is now in charge of ICRCs new forensic program in Venezuela.
Ute has advised and trained governments, forensic experts and civil society organizations in over 40 countries on issues concerning the search and identification of missing persons, particularly in humanitarian and human rights contexts, management of dead bodies in conflict and disasters and support to families of the missing. Ute specializes in forensic archaeology and anthropology with particular focus on documentation and management of forensic data, and on psycho-social needs of families of missing persons. The search for Missing Migrants has become an additional focus in the last years.