2008 Recipient of Anselm Moons Award
Sr. Dianna Ortiz is a U.S. citizen who was held and tortured by Guatemalan security forces and an American working with them. Prior to her abduction in November 1989, she had been working as an Ursuline nun in Guatemala and teaching young children in a rural area of that country. Sr. Dianna is a staff member of the Guatemala Human Rights Commission/USA, a founder and former coordinator of the Torture Abolition and Survivor Support Committee, and a founder and former co-chair of Coalition Missing, an advocacy group of U.S. citizens who survived political violence in Guatemala. She has done significant advocacy around human rights and preventing torture.