Caroline Barker joined ICMP in 2013 as a forensic anthropology trainer with the Libya program, and is currently the Head of ICMP’s Archaeology and Anthropology Division (AAD), dividing her time between country programs and ICMP’s headquarters in The Hague. The primary function of the AAD is training and capacity building in support of country programs and external partners, and promoting global standards in the application of forensic archaeological and anthropological methods as part of ICMP’s integrated multidisciplinary, rule-of-law approach to address the issue of missing persons.
Trained in traditional archaeology and osteology, in the late 1990s Ms Barker worked as a field-based forensic archaeologist for the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia. She subsequently worked in a forensic archaeological and anthropological capacity for the UN Department of Peace-Keeping Operations, the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office, and a number of organizations dealing with missing persons issues as a result of conflict, post-conflict and disasters, in the Balkans, Western Europe, Latin America, Asia, and Africa.
Ms Barker has designed, developed and led adult capacity building, training, skills enhancement and mentoring and monitoring initiatives on a number of inter-disciplinary programs designed to promote and protect human rights and ensure the development of informed, robust advocacy and forensic strategies, policies, and working practices to create in-country capacity.