Brooklyn Journal of International Law


Margaret Foster

First Page



During the Dirty War—a seven year repression by the Argentinian junta of political dissidents and alleged subversives—an estimated 500 babies were stolen from their mothers while imprisoned and given to leading military officials as "adopted" children. These children had their true identities erased and replaced with a false one covering up their true origins. This Note will explore Argentina's response to the Dirty War. Namely, it will consider the tension between the right to truth—an international right right often associated with enforced disappearances—and the right to privacy. In particular, it will consider cases in which adults resisted DNA testing to confirm whether they are among the group of children who were forcibly separated from their mothers. Finally, it will suggest reforms to Argentina's DNA law so that it better respects an individual's right to privacy.