Marlies Stappers is the founder and Executive Director of Impunity Watch. As director, she has been deeply involved in research and policy work related to the fields of human rights, transitional justice, impunity reduction, and strengthening the role of civil society; and particularly victims and affected communities in countries such as Guatemala and Honduras, Burundi, the Great Lakes region, the Western Balkans and Cambodia. She is also the initiator of the Dutch Guatemala Platform against Impunity, today the International Platform against Impunity in Central America, of which she coordinates the Dutch branch. The International Platform is a group of dedicated NGOs from The Netherlands, Sweden, and Switzerland, who, together with partner organisations in Guatemala, Honduras, El Salvador, and Nicaragua coordinate the international advocacy and lobbying to promote effective measures to combat impunity in Central America. Between 1995 and 2001, she worked in Guatemala as a researcher for the Guatemalan Historical Truth Commission and as an observer of the Peace Accords for the United Nations Mission in Guatemala (MINUGUA). Her educational background is in Latin America Studies.