Alicia Mabel Partnoy (born 1955 in Bahía Blanca, Argentina) is a human
rights activist, poet, and translator.
After Argentinian President Juan Perón died, the students from the
left of the Peronist political party organized with fervor within the
country's universities and with workers, were persecuted and
imprisoned. There was a military coup in 1976 and people began to
disappear.Partnoy was one of those who suffered through the ordeals of
becoming a political prisoner. Partnoy became an activist of the
Peronist Youth Movement while attending Southern National University.
She was taken from her home and her 18-month old daughter on January
12, 1977, by the Army and imprisoned at aconcentration camp named The
Little School (La Escuelita). For three and a half months, Partnoy was
blindfolded. She was brutally beaten, starved, molested, and forced to
live in inhuman conditions. She was moved from the concentration camp
to the prison of Villa Floresta in Bahía Blanca where she stayed for
six months only to be transferred to another jail. She spent a total
of two and a half years as a prisoner of conscience, with no charges.
In 1979, she was forced to leave the country and moved to the U.S.
where she was reunited with her daughter and her husband. In 1985, she
told her story of what had happened to her at The Little School, in an
eponymous book. The world began to open its eyes to the treatment of
women in reference to the disappearances of Latin Americans.
Alicia Partnoy has testified before the United Nations, the
Organization of American States, Amnesty International, and
theArgentine Human Rights Commission. Her testimony is recorded in a
compilation of testimonials by the National Commission for the
Investigation of the Disappeared. She currently lives in Los Angeles,
California, CA and teaches at Loyola Marymount University.