30+ Years of Freedom of Information Action

Carlos Osorio

Information Systems Manager, Analyst and Director of the Southern Cone Documentation Project
Latin America; Southern Cone; Argentina; human rights

Carlos Osorio is the Archive’s Information Systems Manager, as well as Analyst and Director of the Southern Cone Documentation Project. In 2002, Carlos published several Electronic Briefing Books on state terrorism and U.S. policy in Argentina and Uruguay. He produced a CD-ROM containing the Department of State's entire Argentina Declassification collection along with annotated selections of documents which the Archive provided to judges, lawyers and human rights groups in Argentina.

Between 2000 and 2002 he served as advisor to the Supreme Court of Paraguay and the Catholic University of Asunción in support of the "Centro de Documentación y Archivo para la Defensa de los Derechos Humanos" (a.k.a. "Archivo del Terror" – "the Archive of Terror") of the Memory, Democracy and Human Rights Project. The project catalogued 60,000 documents and microfilmed and digitized some 300,000 records from the secret police files of Paraguay's former dictator, Alfredo Stroessner. Carlos also worked with the Panama Truth Commission to gather documents on deaths and disappearances in the early 1970s.

Previously, Carlos worked on the Archive's Guatemala History and Accountability Project, which produced documentary and analytical support to the United Nations Historical Clarification Commission in Guatemala. He coordinated the research and declassification of U.S. military files that were the source of the Archive's Guatemala Military Database, which he designed and constructed himself. He has delivered papers and made presentations at various U.S. and Latin American forums on the use of the U.S. Freedom of Information Act and U.S. declassified documents to clarify human rights abuses and the structure of repressive military apparatuses.

As Information Systems Manager, Carlos supervised the transition of the Archive's computer systems to a Windows network and conducted the migration of the Archive's network to a fiber optic system. He is currently heavily engaged in the Archive's Web redesign, server migration and digitization processes.