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Dianna Ortiz

Born: Sep 23, 1985

Birthplace: New Mexico

Nationality: United States

Dianna Ortiz

Date of Birth : Sep 23, 1985
Birth Place : New Mexico

Dianna Ortiz is an American Roman Catholic nun of the Ursuline order. While serving as a missionary in Guatemala in 1989, she was abducted on November 2 by members of the Guatemalan military, detained and tortured for 24 hours before being released. After her release, Ortiz reported that an American was among her captors. This has not been confirmed. Ortiz pursued her case in a Guatemala court and in a United States civil court. In the latter, she was the first to seek civil damages under the Torture Victim Protection Act passed in 1992. She filed a case against the Guatemalan Minister of Defense, General Hector Gramajo, in power at the time of her abduction, arguing that he had command authority. In 1995 she was awarded $5 million in damages. She also filed a case with the Inter-American Commission of Human Rights. In 1996, as a result of protests by Ortiz and others, as well as revelations of unauthorized CIA funding of the Guatemala military, which had been prohibited by Congress in 1990, President Bill Clinton ordered the release of CIA papers associated with her case, and the declassification of decades of documents related to US relations with Guatemala.

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