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PRIMA’s co-founders
Romesh Silva, Ph.D.

Romesh has, since 2002, advised human rights organizations on the use of scientific methods to collect, manage, analyze, and report on data about large-scale violations of human rights. His work has involved customizing tools and methods for specific contexts and applications to serve international human rights NGOs, official truth commissions, national human rights commissions, an African Union peacekeeping mission, and numerous local organizations. He serves on the advisory board of Ensaaf, the American Statistical Association’s Committee on Scientific Freedom and Human Rights, and the editorial boards of the journal Conflict & Health and the Statistical Journal of the International Association for Official Statistics. He has co-authored policy reports and scholarly publications on the collection and analysis of data on large-scale human rights violations in conflict zones. He is a research faculty member of the Bloomberg School of Public Health at the Johns Hopkins University.

Tamy Guberek, M.A., M.Sc.

Tamy is a human rights researcher who has, for over a decade, advised organizations worldwide on data collection methods, quantitative analysis, historical interpretation, and effective integration of technology to advance human rights goals. Between 2004 and 2010, she served as the Bogotá-based Latin America Coordinator for the Human Rights Data Analysis Group, and as a field consultant to Benetech. Tamy is the co-author of many policy, methodological, and scholarly reports on patterns of human rights abuses and transitional justice. She earned her M.A. in World History at Columbia University and her M.Sc. in International History at the London School of Economics. She is working on a Ph.D. at the University of Michigan’s School of Information.

Daniel Guzman, M.Sc.

Daniel is a statistician with particular expertise in survey statistics.  Since 2006 he has focused on statistical analysis and the process of documenting political violence in conflict and post-conflict scenarios, especially in Latin America. He has worked as a quantitative analyst and advisor to governmental and non-governmental agencies in Colombia and Guatemala about how to analyze human rights violations while addressing potential statistical biases in the information. He has provided expert statistical testimony in successful trials against Guatemala’s former police chief and two former police officers of the forced disappearance of a student leader. Daniel is currently a statistician for the Survey Research Center at the University of Michigan. He received his M.Sc. in Survey Methodology from the University of Michigan and his B.S. in Statistics at the National University of Colombia, in Bogotá, Colombia.