Ash Kosiewicz

Ash Kosiewicz (Peruvian Forensic Anthropology Team): Ash graduated from the University of Texas at Austin in 2002 with a dual degree in government and journalism. After graduation, he worked for two years as a child support officer with the Texas Office of the Attorney General. In 2004, he moved to Ecuador, where he lived for 10 months working with a local foundation in Guayaquil to raise funds for a health center project in the rural canton of Santa Lucia. Upon returning from Ecuador, he worked for two years as communicators director with Texas RioGrande Legal Aid, which provides legal aid to the poor in the United States. At the time of his fellowship, Ash was studying for a master's degree in Latin American studies from Georgetown University in Washington, DC. After his fellowship, Ash wrote: "The AP experience has given me another incredibly impactful experience in Latin America. It has given me an incredible story to tell, one that truly leaves people interested though unsure how to respond. I feel like I’ve gone through some pretty intense stuff, and I’ve come out of it stronger and more aware. I know I can handle tough environments, and work in a fast paced environment."

What´s News in Peru

24 May

Having yet to meet anyone here in Lima other than my colleagues at EPAF, I was a bit wary to wake up this Saturday morning with two full days to myself. After taking a short run along the ´´malecon´´´(´´boardwalk´´) that overlooks the Pacific Ocean, I came across a newsstand and picked up one of Lima´s many newspapers – La Republica. Here´s what´s making news today in Lima . . . (click on the headline links!)

´´Hallan Primeros 25 Cuerpos En Fosas de Putis´´ (´´First 25 Bodies Found in Mass Graves in Putis´´)

Big story citing EPAF´s work in Putis, which got me excited about my impending trip to the area on Monday. EPAF has been working in the area since May 17th. Here´s the lead: ´´After waiting for an agonizing 24 years, the relatives of those peasants assassinated by public order in the community of Putis seem to have recovered the hope that was taken from them in December 1984.´´ Some additional details: EPAF also discovered 15 cases of ammunition that confirm the Peruvian military´s responsibility for the killings. Among the 25 bodies found, they include women, men, adolescents, and children. A closer look at what actually happened in Putis next week.

´´Fujimori Trial Suspended´´

Former Peruvian President Alberto Fujimori was extradited from Chile in September 2007 to stand trial for human rights violations and corruption charges while he was president from 1990-2000. The trial will be suspended because doctors have found a possible cancer in Fujimori´s mouth, and he will undergo surgery. Fujimori is standing trial for his alleged involvement in the creation of the La Colina death squad, which is responsible for the death of 27 individuals accused of being members of the Shining Path.

´´The Best of Carlin´´ (reprint)

The Family: ´´The Politicians arrived! Did you bring water, electricity, education, and the healthcare that we need?´´

The Politicians: ´´No. We came to let you know that you are better off now than you were before.´´


Posted By Ash Kosiewicz

Posted May 24th, 2008


  • gk

    May 25, 2008


    Man, that Carlin cracks me up every time.

  • Holly

    May 25, 2008


    Very cool that your organization has received recent press. you’re already famous. jeje. Good luck with your trip.

  • Suava

    May 26, 2008


    Do they predict for how long the trial will be suspended? How is this going to affect your ability to continue with your work? Are we seeing one more dodge from justice or is he really ill? The suspension of a trial for a long time will keep all those who would testify from speaking up. The supporters of Fujimori must be elated. EPAF is right to continue its work -keep the heat on!

  • Amy Burrows

    June 3, 2008


    really cool idea, Ash… I like the links to news in Peru!

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