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Graciela Fernandez Meijide


Rosa Graciela Castagnola de Fernandez Meijide (born 1931-02-27) is an Argentine teacher, human rights activist and politician. She came to prominence by investigating the forced disappearances of thousands of people during the Dirty War. She later served as a deputy, senator and minister for the FrePaSo party.

Graciela Castagnola was born in Avellaneda, Argentina where she met her husband, Enrique Fernandez Meijide, at a young age. They had a daughter and two sons, and she worked as a French teacher. In 1976, her 16-year-old son, Pablo, was taken by the authorities in a night-time raid on the family apartment, along with his girlfriend in what appears to be a case of mistaken identity (the girl's former boyfriend was a student activist also named Pablo). They were not seen again by their families.

Fernandez Meijide campaigned for the rights of the families of the disappeared and protested with the Mothers of the Plaza de Mayo. She lived in exile in Montreal for a period and joined the Permanent Assembly for Human Rights. At the return of democracy in 1983, she was appointed to head the depositions department of the National Commission on the Disappearance of Persons (CONDEP).

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