President’s Message—Did You Miss the HHRRC Poster and Networking Session at AAFS?

Sources: Jeri D. Ropero-Miller, PhD, AAFS President and FTCoE Project Director and Dawnie W. Steadman, PhD, HHRRC Chair

This past February at the 2020 AAFS Annual Scientific Meeting in Anaheim, CA, the Humanitarian and Human Rights Resource Center (HHRRC) and the National Institute of Justice’s (NIJ) Forensic Technology Center of Excellence (FTCoE) hosted the Inaugural Humanitarian and Human Rights Poster and Networking Session. The HHRRC, with support from the FTCoE, provides needed resources and support to apply modern forensic science to global humanitarian and human rights projects. This session was an open meeting where more than 200 attendees met HHRRC researchers to learn about the application of forensic science to investigate humanitarian and human rights injustices. Further, this exciting, first-time networking opportunity provided attendees the chance to interact one-on-one with colleagues and peers to learn how to increase their engagement with the HHRRC and make a difference in humanitarian and human rights projects supported by the HHRRC.

To further highlight these important projects and showcase the posters from the event, the FTCoE has created a virtual poster session that includes a digitized welcome message from the new HHRRC Chair, Dawnie Steadman. Additionally, the HHRRC and FTCoE invites you to tune into the Just Science podcast “Just So You Know: The HHRRC’s Impact” featuring 2020 AAFS Clyde Snow Awardee, Duarte Nuno Vieira, and Cláudia Plens, an HHRRC funding recipient. This podcast provides a look at how the HHRRC impacts humanitarian and human rights issues through education and dissemination of best practices and guidelines.

Please find additional HHRRC resources here.