News / Joel Blanco-Rivera takes second at AERI Poster Competition


At the 2010 Archival Education and Research Institute, held in June, one of the iSchool’s PhD students was awarded second place in the Poster Competition.  Joel Blanco-Rivera’s poster, "Records and accountability for past human rights abuses: The National Security Archive in Latin America" showcased relevant cases in Latin America in which the National Security Archive provided records and assistance. The cases include legal decisions that describe how these records served as evidence and criminal investigations where members of the NSA provided expert testimony on the authenticity of documents.  The National Security Archive (NSA) is a non-governmental organization based at The George Washington University in Washington, D.C. This research institution collects and makes available records obtained through the U.S. Freedom of Information Act. The organization is very active in legal battles to assure the opening of secret documents and preservation of government records, participation in congressional hearings on issues related to government secrecy and FOIA, and collaboration with organizations abroad, particularly Latin America. Joel is a PhD student in the Library & Information Science Program at the iSchool.