Patricia Isasa, a successful architect in Argentina, is a survivor of torture and imprisonment from the age of 16 to 18 during the Argentine dictatorship. She was imprisoned in 1976. Twenty years later she almost single handedly investigated the identities of 8 perpetrators of the crimes against her and others. Because of an impunity law in Argentina at the time, she took her case to Judge Baltasar Garzon in Spain who requested extradition, which was denied. In 2009 her case was finally tried in Argentina.
Six perpetrators were found guilty of human rights violations. Her trial is one of the first trials of the Argentine military and police. Patricia is now helping others with their cases and is working with President Cristina Kirchner to investigate the takeover of Papel Prensa in the 70s by the then and present media giant Clarin, which has resulted in extensive corporate control of the media in Argentina.
Program on Human Rights, Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies,
Center for Latin American Studies,
and Arroyo House