Mercedes Doretti

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Mercedes Doretti
Born 1959
Buenos Aires, Argentina
Nationality Argentine
Alma mater National University of Buenos Aires
Known for finding evidence of crimes against humanity
Awards MacArthur Fellows Program
Scientific career
Fields forensic anthropologist

Mercedes Doretti (born 1959) is an Argentine forensic anthropologist based in New York City.[1][2] She is known for finding evidence of crimes against humanity.[3] She was awarded a MacArthur "Genius Grant" prize in 2007.


Her mother is Magdalena Ruiz Guinazu,[4] a radio journalist.[5]

She was born and raised in Buenos Aires, Argentina, and earned an advanced degree in Anthropological Sciences, in 1987, from the National University of Buenos Aires. She helped found the Argentine Forensic Anthropology Team.[6][7] In 1992, she opened the team's New York office and expanded her work globally.[8]

She has worked in the Philippines, Chile, Venezuela, Guatemala, El Salvador, Iraq, Brazil, Croatia, Ethiopia, Haiti, Panama, French Polynesia, South Africa, Ethiopia, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Bosnia, Herzegovina, East Timor, Zimbabwe, Ivory Coast, Indonesia, and Mexico.[citation needed]

She has lectured at University of California, Berkeley,[9] Harvard University, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Columbia University, State University of New York at Purchase, New School for Social Research, Rutgers University, Amnesty International, The Carter Center, and the World Archaeological Congress.[10]

Human Rights Watch, Amnesty International, and the United Nations regularly use her investigations in reporting on human rights. She is known for finding evidence of crimes against humanity.[3]

In 2016, Doretti was named to the BBC's annual list of 100 Women.[11]




  • Following Antigone: Forensic Anthropology and Human Rights Investigations (EAAF Witness production 2002). Co-producer


  1. ^ "Contact Us". Retrieved 2015-04-05. 
  2. ^ Felicia R. lee (September 25, 2007). "MacArthur Foundation Gives Out 'Genius Awards'". The New York Times. Retrieved 2015-04-05. 
  3. ^ a b Mercedes Doretti, MacFound, Retrieved 25 November 2016
  4. ^ [1][dead link]
  5. ^ Stephen G. Michaud (December 27, 1987). "IDENTIFYING ARGENTINA'S DISAPPEARED". The New York Times. Retrieved 2015-04-05. 
  6. ^ "Awards". Retrieved 2015-04-05. 
  7. ^ [2] Archived July 24, 2011, at the Wayback Machine.
  8. ^ Borrell, Brendan. "Forensic Anthropologist Uses DNA to Solve Real-Life Murder Mysteries in Latin America". Scientific American. Retrieved 2016-12-08. 
  9. ^ Archived from the original on July 22, 2010. Retrieved December 22, 2009.  Missing or empty |title= (help)
  10. ^ [3] Archived February 25, 2009, at the Wayback Machine.
  11. ^ "BBC 100 Women 2016: Who is on the list?". BBC News. 2016-11-21. Retrieved 2016-12-08. 

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