SOLD OUT: Hispanic Heritage Month: The Life and Legacy of Kiki Camarena
In 1985, DEA agent Enrique “Kiki” Camarena was kidnapped, tortured and murdered by members of a Mexican drug cartel. For more than four years, Camarena had fearlessly pursued marijuana and cocaine traffickers, disrupting their operations and inching closer to exposing the leaders of a billion-dollar drug network. In honor of Hispanic Heritage Month, Mika Camarena, widow of the slain agent, will describe the heartbreaking story of her husband’s disappearance and death, and the impact the tragedy had on their family and the war on drug traffickers.
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Mika Camarena is the widow of Enrique “Kiki” Camarena, a DEA agent who was kidnapped, tortured and murdered by Mexican drug cartels in 1985. In response to this tragic death, people in Camarena’s hometown, Calexico, Calif., started wearing red ribbons. These events led to the beginning of Red Ribbon Week, a national drug, violence and alcohol prevention program. Mika Camarena is the current president of the Enrique S. Camarena educational Foundation. The mission of the foundation is to eradicate drug abuse in our nation’s youth and to honor fallen and injured heroes in the fight against illegal drugs. The Foundation accomplishes its mission through three drug abuse awareness programs: placement of memorial Camarena busts, scholarships for deserving high school seniors, and participation in the Red Ribbon campaign.