Kathryne Bomberger

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Kathryne Csekey Bomberger
Nationality US
Occupation ICMP Director General

Kathryne Bomberger is the Director-General of the International Commission on Missing Persons (ICMP), an organization established to resolve the issue of persons missing due to war crimes and gross violations of human rights.


Bomberger, a United States citizen, holds a Bachelor’s Degree in History and a Master’s Degree in Middle East Studies from the George Washington University in Washington, D.C.


Under Bomberger’s direction, the ICMP has risen to become recognized worldwide as it helped identify many victims of natural disasters, such as those of the Asian tsunami and the Hurricane Katrina, in addition to helping to identify thousands of war victims in the former Yugoslavia. Bomberger led the ICMP through a long political process with authorities of Bosnia and Herzegovina and other players in the region to pass the world’s first dedicated Law on Missing Persons[1] and establish the Missing Persons Institute of Bosnia and Herzegovina (MPI), a state-level institution that searches for all missing citizens. Together with the Council of Ministers of Bosnia and Herzegovina[2], ICMP is a co-founder of the MPI. Bomberger was also engaged in the similar project at Kosovo to establish a commission to search for the missing of all nationalities.

Before she joined ICMP in 1998, Bomberger worked for the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) in Bosnia and Herzegovina where she was based in Foča, eastern Bosnia and Herzegovina, and then in Sarajevo, the capital. Bomberger’s first human rights work was for the United Nations International Civilian Mission in Haiti (MICIVIH)[3].

Bomberger also worked for the United States Senate in Washington, D.C. on publications relevant to the history of the Senate. She collaborated on the following publications: "Historical Almanac of the United States Senate", authored by Bob Dole and "The Senate 1789-1989, Addresses on the History of the United States Senate", authored by Robert C. Byrd.

On June 14, 2007, Bomberger was made Chevalier of the Legion d'Honneur by the President of France as “the proof of attention and recognition of the French Government for the work of Kathryne Bomberger in her mission and exceptional achievements of ICMP"[4].

Following ICMP's and Interpol's joint efforts on Typhoon Frank victim identification, on February 5, 2009, a Presidential citation[1] was given to Bomberger for "her exceptional commitment to and outstanding achievements in locating and identifying persons missing as a result of natural or human-induced disasters"[5][6].

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  1. ^ http://www.ic-mp.org/wp-content/uploads/2009/02/award-philippines.pdf Presidential Citation to Kathryne Bomberger, ICMP Director-General, from Gloria Macapagal Arroyo, the President of the Republic of the Philippines