23 Feb 2021
IRCT mourns the passing of Sister Dianna Ortiz

Sister Dianna Ortiz, founder of the Torture Abolition and Survivor Support Coalition (TASSC), sadly passed away February 19th, 2021 surrounded by her family. Sister Dianna Ortiz has touched many hearts in the anti-torture movement as a survivor herself, as a friend, and as a pioneer.

IRCT mourns the passing of Sister Dianna Ortiz

Sister Dianna Ortiz

Sister Dianna Ortiz has for decades created a unique survivor-centered approach to healing which TASSC represents. As a survivor with a commitment to end torture, and with the compassion and empathy she brought to the anti-torture movement, Sister Dianna Ortiz will be sorely missed.

"Dianna knew that she wanted to create a safe space for survivors. The TASSC office, in the same place it has been for 20 years, is built around community.   She understood that survivors spoke a language and had an understanding of one another that no one outside survivors would ever really grasp or understand.  To this day, providing a safe space for survivors to commune is another of our guiding principles." - Léonce Byimana, TASSC Executive Director.

Sister Dianna Ortiz's legacy will continue to affect and inspire the IRCT movement. She will always be remembered as the remarkable woman she was with a fierce passion for the justice of survivors and the ending of torture. From all corners of the globe, IRCT members mourn the death of this great leader and we stand in solidarity with those at TASSC as they process this enormous loss.

Thank you Sister Dianna Ortiz.

May she rest in peace.

Read the entire TASSC obituary here.

Visit the Sister Dianna Ortiz memorial site here.


"Dianna knew that she wanted to create a safe space for survivors. The TASSC office, in the same place it has been for 20 years, is built around community.   She understood that survivors spoke a language and had an understanding of one another that no one outside survivors would ever really grasp or understand.  To this day, providing a safe space for survivors to commune is another of our guiding principles."

-Léonce Byimana, TASSC Executive Director

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