We recently spoke about Jean-Robert Cadet, a slave in the Restavek system (from the French term Reste-Avec, which means “remain with” or “keep”) in Haiti and who is now one of the most important activists against contemporary slavery. Today, we would like for you to meet Ana María Careaga. Ana was a kidnapping victim in Argentina’s military dictatorship in the 70’s. She lived in exile in Switzerland and Mexico; when she was able to return to her country in the 80’s she became a psychologist and journalist.
“We want for Human Rights to be deeply integrated into the dialogue at IDEC 2012”, said Justo Méndez Arámburu, director of Nuestra Escuela, Inc. and one of the organizers of IDEC 2012. “The conversation on democratic education must be enriched with the challenges posed by real life on democracy in every sense. That is why Ana María Careaga will come together with other experts on Human Rights to participate in the Conference.”
Careaga has extensive experience in the field of Human Rights. She has carried out advocacy, presentations and conferences, in her country and abroad, on the consequences of State Terrorism, a topic that she researches extensively. She was the Human Rights Secretary for the Buenos Aires Press Workers Union (UTPBA, by its acronym in Spanish) and has a long list of publications on psychology and human rights. At present, she works as the executive director of the Space for Memory Institute (Instituto Espacio para la Memoria in Spanish). The Institute deals with the issue of Memory and Human Rights, through the coordination of civil society organizations’ collaboration with the State and is responsible for the dissemination of public policy on the matter.