What the civil suit also does is add a wider sense of justice that the family has been seeking for so long, she said.
Meanwhile, the 40th anniversary of the coup has prompted soul-searching and even self-recrimination in Chile , a country still divided over Pinochet and the past.
There are those who view Pinochet, who died in 2006, as the man who saved Chile from communism, from becoming the Cuba of the Southern Cone.
But for others he remains a perpetrator of state terrorism and rampant disregard for human rights.
Chilean President Sebastián Piñera asked for help in healing the country last week and made a plea for anyone with information about those who disappeared during the Pinochet era to come forward.
Truth is lacking, he said, when it comes to knowing the circumstances of how they died and the places where the people who are disappeared are buried. Knowing, the president said, will bring relief not only to their family members but to all of society.
One of the strongest impacts of the dictatorship, even more so than the killing of people and the disappearance of people, was how a whole society became more fearful, said Javiera Parada, who remembers as a 11-year-old hearing a police helicopter from her classroom. It turned out to be the helicopter that took away her father, who had just dropped her off at school.
The next day her father, a teacher and another person were found near the airport with their throats slit, said the 39-year-old producer and artist.
An entire society was living for 17 years with fear: fear of neighbor, fear about everyone, she said. What matters now is how we can start to dialogue with a country where never, never, never again will this type of thing happen.
Ariel Nuñez Castaneda, 24, was just an infant when the military dictatorship ended, but he said his generation still feels very close to the subject of the coup. I believe the coup is something that should not be forgotten, said the graphic artist. I really think that Chile may evolve into a better country. What I hope for is a fair and equitable Chile, in education, in the economy and in opportunities.
Now Jaras memory is kept alive at the stadium where he died. Today it is known as Estadio Victor Jara and is used as a homeless shelter.
On the wall is a plaque engraved with some of the last lines Jara ever wrote: How hard it is to sing, when I must sing of horror. Horror in which Im living, horror in which Im dying.
Correspondent MaryRose Fison contributed to this story from Santiago, Chile.