About us

ICMP works with governments, civil society organizations, justice institutions, international organizations and others throughout the world to address the issue of people who have gone missing as a result of armed conflict, human rights abuses, disasters, organized crime and other causes.

As the only international organization that is exclusively dedicated to this issue, ICMP is actively engaged in developing institutions and civil society capacity, promoting legislation, fostering social and political advocacy, and developing and providing technical expertise to locate and identify the missing.

ICMP works with governments to develop their institutional capacity to address the issue of missing persons efficiently and impartially.

ICMP helps governments develop legislation to safeguard the rights of families of the missing, and it works with civil society organizations to empower them to advocate for their rights.  

ICMP assists the process of justice by ensuring that governments adhere to a rule of law-based approach to investigating disappearances and it provides evidence in criminal trials.

ICMP directly assists governments with fieldwork. It has been involved in the excavation of more than 3,000 mass and clandestine gravesites and has spearheaded the application of advanced forensic techniques to locate and recover missing persons.

ICMP maintains a unique, specialized online missing persons database (fDMS) that manages all data pertaining to its missing persons process.

It operates the world’s leading high-throughput DNA human identification facility. To date, more than 19,000 missing persons from around the world have been identified with ICMP’s assistance.

ICMP also provides training and education programs to a wide-range of individuals, including:  government authorities, prosecutors and judges, NGOs, families of the missing and forensic practitioners.

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Mandate

ICMP endeavors to secure the co-operation of governments and other authorities in locating and identifying persons missing as a result of conflicts, human rights abuses, disasters, organized violence and other causes and to assist them in doing so.

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History

ICMP was created at the initiative of US President Bill Clinton in 1996 at the G-7 Summit in Lyon, France.

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Governance

ICMP is governed by a Board of Commissioners, chaired by former US Ambassador Thomas Miller and is comprised of distinguished individuals who are active in the fields of diplomacy and human rights.

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Our staff

ICMP is run by a Director-General – who is appointed by the Commission – and approximately 140 people in its programs and projects around the world.

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Donors

ICMP is a donor funded organization. The financial contributions are provided mostly by governments and exclusively on a voluntary basis.

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Partners

ICMP’s international strategies employed to address the issue of missing persons are augmented by partnerships with the following organizations.

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Working for ICMP

ICMP is an equal opportunity employer fully committed to hiring and retaining a diverse and internationally representative staff.

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