Sr. Dianna Ortiz, OSUSr. Dianna Ortiz, OSU has been chosen by the Board of Directors, staff and clients of the Program for Torture Victims to receive their “Human Rights Hero Award” at their Human Dignity Awards Dinner on Thursday, May 31, 2012 at the Westin Bonaventure in downtown Los Angeles.

Program for Torture Victims is a human rights organization based in Los Angeles, California, dedicated to helping to rebuild the lives of torture survivors and their families through a comprehensive approach, including medical treatment, psychological counseling, assistance with winning asylum, and help finding jobs and housing.

In the letter of congratulations, Julie Gutman, Executive Director of PTV stated that “Sr. Dianna has been a tireless champion for torture survivors–from founding TASSC (Torture Abolition and Survivors Support Coalition) to her influential writings demonstrating an unrelenting commitment to advocate for all survivors.”

All of us on the national staff of Pax Christi USA are proud of the accomplishments of Sr. Dianna and offer her our congratulations on receiving this most prestigious award.

11 thoughts on “NEWS: Sr. Dianna Ortiz to receive award for human rights work

  1. Congratulations, Sr. Dianna! Within a vast field of inspirational sisters, you are one of the greatest, showing us all what it means to be truly Christian. Blessings of peace, joy, and justice! Rosemarie Pace, PCMNY

  2. Dianna,
    CONGRATULATIONS! You certainly deserve this award for all that you do…and have done….to help other survivors……and for helping all of us us to know about the Guatemalan horrors.. Thanks, Dianna
    My email address:
    Can’t wait to hear from you. Greg

  3. Dear Dianna,
    I was with you in spirit as you received this well-deserved award.

  4. Dianna, you have been such a blessing to me and so many others. Thank you for your courage and strength over all these years.
    Gracie, OSU-MSJ

  5. You are MY hero, too, Dianna. This recognition is richly deserved, and we are proud of you. Thank you for your tireless courage on behalf of the voiceless. Love and abrazos,
    Michele Morek OSU-MSJ

  6. Congratulations Dianna, you have been my hero since I first met you
    in Washington. Your work with victims of torture has been such an inspiration to me and to all of us here in the Reno- Sparks area. Our
    Labyrinth Walk for the Victims and Survivors of Torture will be on
    June 24, 5:30 AM at Rancho San Rafael Park, our ninth year. You were and are our inspiration

  7. Congratulations Sister Dianna. We here downunder think of you with great fondness remembering the effort you made to come to New Zealand to speak at our Eucharistic Convention. More power to your arm. John Porteous.

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