ICMP’s key program activities are implemented via training in the application of specific thematic competencies, including:
• Institutional Development
• Public Involvement – Civil Society Development
• Technical Assistance
ICMP Training: Institutional Development
As part of its assistance in capacity building, ICMP provides training and education to the following groups:
• Government representatives engaged in the missing persons process;
• Family members of the missing and other civil society representatives; and
• Prosecutors and court appointed experts.
ICMP Training: Public Involvement – Civil Society Development
ICMP encourages the active participation of civil society and in particular the families of the missing, through programs aimed at empowering them through education and training. The provision of education programs for families of the missing and their active engagement in the process is critical to mounting any effort to address the issue of missing persons, whether as a result of conflict, disaster or other causes.
ICMP educates family members of the missing on their legal, social and economic rights.
Furthermore, the use of modern forensic methods to identify the missing requires the voluntary participation of relatives in the provision of reference samples to conduct kinship matching of postmortem samples. Voluntary participation is facilitated by intensive education programs in the use of DNA in human identification efforts. This process also requires voluntary informed consent to provide personal information, including genetic information. ICMP maintains the highest standards regarding missing persons operations, including stringent data protection policies.
ICMP Training: Technical Assistance
ICMP is engaged in locating, recovering and identifying the missing. Its resources include standing facilities, laboratories and a database management system. Taken together, this represents a repository of knowledge and expertise covering all the areas that are required in order to address the issue of missing persons in a comprehensive way.
This comprehensive expertise has been brought to bear on designing and implementing education programs and knowledge transfer.
Technical Assistance Training Programs have been developed for:
• Government representatives;
• Court appointed officials;
• Civil society actors;
• Family associations;
• Data management agents; and
• Scientific practitioners.