4His Beginnings Born on July 26, 1947 Raised in a dirt-floor house in Mexicali, Mexico.Raised in a dirt-floor houseHad hopes and dreams of making a difference.
5His EducationGraduated from Calexico High School in Calexico, California in 1966
6His Professions 1968 - Joined the U.S. Marine Corps. serving for two years,Joined the Calexico Police DepartmentCriminal InvestigatorMay joined the El Centro Police Department.Narcotics Investigator
7His Philosophy"I can't not do this," he told his mother when she contested his decision to join the DEA."I'm only one person, but I want to make a difference."
8His Final AssignmentUndercover in Guadalajara MexicoInvestigating a major drug cartel believed to include officers in the Mexican army, police and government.For 4 1/2 years he remained on the trail of the country's biggest marijuana and cocaine traffickers.And in early 1985, he was extremely close to unlocking a multi-billon dollar drug pipeline.
9His KidnappingFebruary 7, Before he was able to expose the drug trafficking operations to the public, he was kidnapped.On that fateful day, while headed to a luncheon with his wife, Mika, Special Agent Camarena was surrounded by 5 armed men who threw him into a car and sped away.That was the last time anyone but his kidnappers would see him alive.
13“Camarena Clubs”High school friend Henry Lozano launched Camarena Clubs in Kiki's hometown of Calexico, California.Hundreds of club members including Calexico High School teacher David Dhillon wore red ribbons and pledged to lead drug-free lives to honor the sacrifices made by Kiki Camarena and others on behalf of all Americans.
14His Decorations During his 11 years with DEA, Agent Camarena received 2 Sustained Superior Performance Awards,a Special Achievement Award and,Posthumously, the Administrator’s Award of Honor - the highest award granted by DEA.
15In His HonorIn honor of Agent Camarena's memory and his battle against illegal drugs, friends and neighbors began to wear red badges of satin.Parents, sick of the destruction of alcohol and other drugs, had begun forming coalitions.Some of these new coalitions adopted Agent Camarena as their model and embraced his belief that one person can make a difference.
16The Red Ribbon. The Symbol These coalitions also adopted the symbol of Agent Camarena's memoryThe Red Ribbon.
17The 1st Red Ribbon Campaign The National Family Partnership organized the first Nationwide Red Ribbon Campaign in Sacramento, CA.Since that time, the campaign has reached millions of U.S. children.
18In TexasIn 1997, the Texas Commission on Alcohol and Drug Abuse began committing resources to ensure the continuation of the Red Ribbon Campaign in Texas, as well as the hopes and beliefs behind this grassroots effort to protect children from the dangers of alcohol and other drugs.
19Red Ribbon Week Nationally recognized and celebrated Preserves the memory of Special Agent CamarenaSymbol of support for the DEA’s effort to reduce the demand for drugs through prevention and education
20What Time is It?It’s a time to show gratitude for all the lives that remain drug freeIt’s a time to pledge to live a safe and drug-free lifeIt’s a time to remember those we have lost in the fight against drugs