International Commission on Missing Persons (ICMP)

The International Commission on Missing Persons (ICMP) works with governments, civil society organisations, justice institutions, international organisations and others throughout the world to address the issue of people who have gone missing as a result of armed conflict, human rights abuses, disasters, organised crime and other causes.

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As the only international organisation that is exclusively dedicated to this issue, ICMP is actively engaged in developing institutions and civil society capacity, promoting legislation, fostering social and political advocacy, and developing and providing technical expertise to locate and identify the missing. 

About ICMP's work

  • ICMP works with governments to develop their institutional capacity to address the issue of missing persons efficiently and impartially. 
  • ICMP helps governments develop legislation to safeguard the rights of families of the missing, and it works with civil society organisations to empower them to advocate for their rights. 
  • ICMP assists the process of justice by ensuring that governments adhere to a rule of law-based approach to investigating disappearances and it provides evidence in criminal trials. 
  • ICMP directly assists governments with fieldwork. It has been involved in the excavation of more than 3,000 mass and clandestine gravesites and has spearheaded the application of advanced forensic techniques to locate and recover missing persons. 

Identification database

ICMP maintains a unique, specialised Online Inquiry Center (OIC) and Identification Database Management System (iDMS) that manages all data pertaining to its missing persons process. It operates the world’s leading high-throughput DNA human identification facility. To date, more than 20,000 missing persons from around the world have been identified with ICMP’s assistance. ICMP also provides training and education programs to a wide-range of individuals, including: government authorities, prosecutors and judges, NGOs, families of the missing and forensic practitioners.

Contact details

International Commission on Missing Persons (ICMP)
Koninginnegracht 12
2514 AA The Hague

Published: 11 April 2017Modified: 8 December 2017