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Parent Article: Human Rights Activists Discuss Torture at Amnesty International Conference
Nov21-Dec3 Argentine Torture Victim visits Boston and New York
13 Nov 2005
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At the time of her kidnapping, in July of 1976, architect Patricia Indiana Isasa was 16 years old. She was her class delegate to the High School Students Union in the province of Santa Fe in Argentina. She was taken by a commando group of the state police and was "disappeared" (held clandestinely) for three months. She was then taken to a military barracks, where she was held prisoner without trial or due process for two years and two months.

After her release in 1979, she was kidnapped again by the authorities when she was compiling complaints to be presented to the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights of the Organization of American States, which was about to visit Argentina. She was released after a few days.

After her ordeal, she graduated from the school of architecture and moved to London. In 1997 Patricia went back to Santa Fe to care for her sick mother. She realized then that it had been 20 years and justice had not been done. She decided to do it herself, initiating an investigation into her kidnappers' identities, still unknown to her.

Thanks to her relentless research, today 8 people are in jail and awaiting trial. Among them there are an ex-federal judge, an ex-assistant secretary for security of Santa Fe, and several ex-policemen (one of them a graduate of the School of the Americas). All of them had been previously detained when the Spanish judge Baltasar Garzon requested their extradition to Spain. Then-President Fernando De La Rua denied the extradition request; now they are awaiting trial in Argentina.