Sr. Dianna was not only a person of strong faith in God but she was a woman with a strong belief that this unfair world would become a better place where there are no evils including torture and mistreatment. She always envisioned better days ahead of us and truly believed the human person is capable of doing only good. To that end she worked tirelessly throughout her life and paid a heavy price both in Guatemala and even here in the U.S.
In achieving her vision, she founded the Torture Abolition and Survivors Support Coalition, TASSC International, which I had a great honor to direct from 2012 to 2017. Through TASSC, Sr. Dianna advocated fiercely to end the practice of torture and hold accountable those practice it. Through TASSC, she also helped thousands of survivors of torture coming to the U.S. from all parts of the world. Sr. Dianna, despite all the adversity, lived a beautiful and remarkable life if we measure life in terms of success. She will be missed by all.
The picture below is Sr. Dianna with my wife and me when she visited us at our home in Alexandria in June 2017