Zach Parker

Zachary Parker (Peruvian Forensic Anthropology Team - EPAF): Zach graduated from the University of Pittsburgh with a B.Sc. in Industrial Engineering in 2004. During his undergraduate studies he spent six months studying engineering in Toulouse, France and another six months studying Spanish in Santiago, Chile in 2004. He also worked at the Study Abroad Office at his university. Between 2004 and 2006, Zach then spent two years working as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Malawi, teaching Math and Science at a rural secondary school. After returning from Malawi he worked for UNICEF at their headquarters in New York. At the time of his fellowship, Zack was pursuing a Master’s degree in International Development from American University in Washington, D.C working as a research assistant for Partnership to Cut Hunger and Poverty in Africa (PCHPA) in Washington, DC.

Advocacy Training in Washington DC

27 May

My trip to Peru in 2004


This is my first blog. 

I will be working with the Equipo Peruano de Antropologia Forense (EPAF), the Peruvian Forensic Anthropology Team in Lima, Peru for the next few months.  I will start training tomorrow with the Advocacy Project in Washington, D.C.  The training will last for three days, and I will leave for Peru the following day.  I am excited to get to Peru and get started. 

My first experience in Latin America was in Chile.  I studied there for a semester in 2004.  There, I learned about the term “disappeared.”  The government in Chile under Augusto Pinochet had the tendency of making people disappear who openly criticized the policies of the government.  I remember when one of my friends had told me that his father had “disappeared.”  The situation in Peru is certainly different, and I am looking forward to learning about the experiences of the people I encounter in Peru. 

I have been to Peru once before, several years ago, but I never made it to Lima.  Peru was actually the first developing country that I had ever visited.  It was a sobering experience.  I am very excited to start working with EPAF.  I hope to learn a great deal from the organization and the people with whom I will work.  I have always wanted to learn more about advocacy using new media.  It can be a very powerful tool.  The internet has such a broad reach even in developing countries.  It is amazing how far things have come with internet technology. 

It is an exciting time to be working with EPAF in light of the recent developments in the country.  Former President Alberto Fujimori of Peru has been recently convicted of human rights violations and sentenced to serve many years in prison.

Posted By Zach Parker

Posted May 27th, 2009


  • Ash

    June 1, 2009


    Amigo, buen viaje ! Fue un placer conocerte aqui em DC, lo se que vas a lograr mucho. Cualquier cosa me escribes, siempre estare dispuesto ayudarte en algun momento … suerte !

  • Tina Chen

    June 1, 2009



    Sounds like you will be doing exciting work. There are many “facets” to the los desaparecidos issue and it will be interesting to read about the work you will be doing with EPAF.

    look forward to reading your blog posts!

  • vero

    June 16, 2009


    Zack, exelente viaje para ti, me encanta tu blog…eres un viajero inceible!
    Suerte y espero verte pronto!

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