Cristian Orrego Benavente
Director of the Forensic Program at the Human Rights Center, University of California, Berkeley, School of Law

Cristián Orrego Benavente is the Director of the Forensic Program at the Human Rights Center, University of California, Berkeley, School of Law. Dr. Orrego is a biochemist and forensic geneticist who served as Assistant Laboratory Director and Criminalist Supervisor at the California Department of Justice, Jan Bashinski DNA Laboratory in Richmond, California. He is a founding member of the volunteer organization, the Alliance of Forensic Scientists for Human Rights and Humanitarian Investigations. Dr. Orrego was appointed Science Advisor to the Presidential Commission on Policies for Human Rights of the Government of Chile in May 2006, and subsequently, member of an International Commission of Experts for the Legal Medical Service, Ministry of Justice, Government of Chile, from May 2007 to February 2010.