This profile was prepared when Dianna Ortiz was elected to the Ashoka Fellowship in 2001.
The New Idea
Dianna Ortiz has identified lack of involvement by survivors as the greatest weakness of human rights advocacy and torture rehabilitation. She creates communities of healing for survivors, their families, and friends to focus on torture victims' need to regain trust, end isolation, and rebuild lives within a warm and loving environment. Dianna develops support services necessary not only for survivors to heal, but also to use their own voices to oppose and end the practice of torture. They join international and regional human rights campaigns, shape international and domestic policies, educate the public, assist in holding perpetrators accountable for their actions, and inform the medical field on effective therapy.