Past Event

Victor Penchaszade - Genetic Testing for the Restitution of Identity of Victims of Appropriation at Birth by the Military Dictatorship in Argentina

September 21, 2020
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
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Event Description: 

During the bloody Argentine dictatorship of 1976-1983, the military “disappeared” 30,000 persons, including hundreds of pregnant women who were kept in captivity during pregnancy and killed after delivery, their babies being handed over to persons linked to the regime. The seminar will address the ethical, legal and psychosocial issues involved, after return to democracy, in the utilization of genetic testing to restore the true identity of hundreds of these babies, as they became older. Topics to be discussed include the key role of genetics, the localization and identification of the children, the consideration of their best interests, the value of truth, the rights of biological relatives, and the legal duty of the state under international human rights law to investigate crimes against humanity, punish perpetrators and provide reparation to the victims.

Event Speaker: 

Victor Penchaszade, Universidad Nacional de Tres de Febrero in Buenos Aires

Event Information: 

Please email [email protected] to register. 

This event is a part of the Seminar on Ethical, Legal and Social Implications of Genetics as hosted by the Center for Research on Ethical/Legal/Social Implications of Psychiatric, Neurologic & Behavioral Genetics at the Columbia University Medical Center. 

Please contact Paul S. Appelbaum at 646-774-8630 or [email protected] for more information.