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Clea Koff

Clea Koff is a forensic anthropologist and author. Born in England and raised in Tanzania, Kenya and the US, she was a member of the first international forensic team brought together by the UN in 1996 to investigate evidence of war crimes and crimes against humanity, commencing in Rwanda after the 1994 genocide. She subsequently worked for the UN International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia in Bosnia, Croatia, and Kosovo. The Bone Woman (2004), her memoir about this work, was published in the UK, US, Australia, and Canada and sold in translation to thirteen languages worldwide. Among other honors, The Bone Woman was awarded the Nancy Human Rights Book Prize (France), was a National Public Radio Best (US), a Discover Magazine Top 20 Science Book (US), and an Editor's Pick of the Foreign Policy Association (US). Clea Koff founded the non-profit Missing Persons Identification Resource Center. She holds a BA from Stanford University and an MA from the University of Nebraska in Lincoln. Clea Koff now lives in California.