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Prior Work by PRIMA Members

Prior work by PRIMA members, in collaboration with other organizations and individuals, demonstrates the breadth of experience and methodologies PRIMA offers.

Our international experience, methodological skills and knowledge base have been progressively strengthened by our mentors and colleagues at the Human Rights Data Analysis Group and Benetech.

We have also learned tremendously from our collaborations with the Historical Archive of the Guatemalan National Police, the Colombian Commission of Jurists, the Corporación Punto de Vista, Ensaaf, the Comissão de Acolhimento, Verdade e Reconciliação de Timor Leste, the Sri Lankan Families of Disappeared, the Human Rights Center at the University of California, Berkeley, and EPIIC (Education for Public Inquiry and International Citizenship) at Tufts University.

PRIMA co-founder Daniel Guzman supported prosecutors in two successful criminal cases against former National Police officials with his expert testimony based on a statistical analysis from a sampling project at the Historical Archive of the Guatemalan National Police (AHPN). Guzman, together with colleagues from the AHPN and the Human Rights Data Analysis Group (HRDAG), co-led […]

Over the years, PRIMA’s members have partnered with organizations in Colombia, Sri Lanka, Timor-Leste, and Punjab, India, that have sought to quantify the extent of forced disappearances and killings. A critical component of this work has been based on triangulation from multiple data sources, such as testimony, cemetery records, and household surveys, and use of […]

PRIMA members have helped advance the world’s understanding of the human rights dimensions of conflicts by integrating quantitative analysis of data on human rights violations alongside qualitative, legal and historical evidence. During and after armed conflicts, there is often intense debate about what happened and about the extent and patterns of human rights violations and […]

PRIMA co-founder Tamy Guberek and colleagues from Corporación Punto de Vista and HRDAG conducted a study in 2010-11 reviewing the challenges of using data and deriving statistics on sexual violence in the context of Colombia’s ongoing internal armed conflict. Many of the difficulties are faced by researchers worldwide who attempt to document the extent of […]

PRIMA members have guided a number of local organizations in collecting data on large-scale human rights violations during or after conflict. Our approach has been to draw upon the strengths of the data sources and programs of its partner organizations, and to address their gaps and weaknesses through enhanced data collection efforts. For example, in […]

In collaboration with our mentors and collaborators at HRDAG, we have documented lessons learned from human rights data analysis work for technical, scholarly and general audiences. These efforts have been geared towards contributing to the growing body of knowledge and practices to strengthen the evidence base in human rights debates. In their articles presented at […]

In their 2000 report, “Justice Unknown, Justice Unsatisfied?,” PRIMA founder Tamy Guberek and colleague Kristen Cibelli present the results of their 1999 survey of NGOs in both entities of Bosnia (the Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina and the Republika Srpska) to assess perceptions of the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia (ICTY). The study […]