Dianna M. Ortiz, O.S.U.

Interim President; Editor, Education for Justice

Dianna Ortiz is a member of the Mount Saint Joseph Ursulines.  She was an elementary school teacher in schools in Kentucky and later in Guatemala.  She is the founder of the Torture Abolition and Survivors Support Coalition International in Washington, D.C.  She also has worked with Guatemala Human Rights/USA and Pax Christi USA.  Dianna is the author of The Blindfold’s Eyes: My Journey from Torture to Truth (with Patricia Davis, Orbis Books 2002).   She was a recipient of the Ashoka Fellowship for Social Entrepreneurs and has also been recognized with honorary doctorates from the College of New Rochelle (NY), Carroll College (MT) and Springfield College (IL). Dianna has received numerous awards, including the Pax Christi USA Teacher of Peace Award in 2000, the M. Shanara Gilbert Human Rights Award from the Society of American Law Teachers in 2008, and the 2012 Human Rights Hero award at the Program for Torture Victims. 

Thought Leadership

  • Advocacy