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ThursdayJuly 21, 2011

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Undocumented Pulitzer Prize Winner Jose Antonio Vargas’ Drivers License is Revoked

Undocumented Pulitzer Prize Winner Jose Antonio Vargas’ Drivers License is Revoked

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Soon after New York Times Magazine ran a profile of Pulitzer Prize winning journalist, Jose Antonio Vargas, as an undocumented immigrant the state of Washington started investigating his driver’s license.

Earlier this year Vargas obtained a driver’s license in Washington State though he is an illegal alien and resides in Oregon. Washington State and New Mexico are the only states that offer driver’s licenses to individuals even if they don’t have a social security number but they must be residents of the state.  Upon investigation Washington state authorities determined Vargas was not a resident of the state and therefore canceled the license.

Vargas noted that he sees this as another set back and the “collective struggle” of the immigrant.  It is not known if he has any other form of identification. 

Vargas won the Pulitzer in 2008 as a part of the Washington Post team reporting on the Virginia tech shootings.  For their part the Washington Post has labeled Vargas’ actions “wrong”.  Vargas came to the U.S. at age 12 and found out that he was in the country illegally when he was 16 years old. 

He is currently writing for other publications and more importantly to him trying to persuade the President and Congress to take on the issue of mmigration reform.

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Mexico’s Shame: Video Testimony of 15-yr Ponchis on the Beheading of 4 People (VIDEO)

Mexico’s Shame: Video Testimony of 15-yr Ponchis on the Beheading of 4 People (VIDEO)

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The trial for the now 15-year-old alleged assassin known as “El Ponchis” began this week. The young man is on trial in Mexico for four beheading murders, kidnapping, drug dealing, and weapons possession all committed when he was 12 through 14 years old. 

The trial is being held at the juvenile court in Mexico but not before he was interrogated publicly by the Mexican military in the middle of the night.  Watch the video as the young killer admits to four beheadings of which he is now ashamed of.  He also asserts he was forced to do the killings in order to stay alive.  He was paid $2,500 per killing. 

Since he is a minor if he is convicted he is only expected to serve 3 years in prison.


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At Iberoamerican Creative Summit Artists Asked to Help With Region’s Problems

At Iberoamerican Creative Summit Artists Asked to Help With Region’s Problems

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Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today asked television producers and artists in Spain, Portugal and Latin America to use their imaginative talents to find new ways to help solve challenges related to the environment, women’s empowerment, organized crime and drug trafficking.

In a video message to the Iberoamerican Creative Summit being held in Aviles, Spain, the Secretary-General said “Please use your visual sense, your narrative touch, your imaginative gifts to find new ways to tackle old problems.”

The meeting is the latest in a series of such one-day forums, organized by the UN Creative Community Outreach Initiative (CCOI) to provide film, new media, television, and documentary producers around the world with access to information about the work of the UN and its priority issues.

The forum in Spain discussed gender equality and empowerment of women, environmental sustainability, combating drugs and crime and their effects, and organized crime.

“We will never solve these challenges unless we shed light on them.  The spotlight is in your hands,” Mr. Ban said.

“You are artists. I am a diplomat. But we all feel pain when we hear about a father killed in war, or a mother lost to disease, or a child who dies of hunger,” he said. “We all want to stop these tragedies in our world. I am doing my part as Secretary-General, but only you can reach mass audiences.”

The UN has collaborated with the entertainment industry on a number of CCOI projects, including an episode of the United States television series Law and Order: Special Victims Unit that was filmed at the UN Headquarters complex in New York and highlighted the problems of children and armed conflict and refugees.

A UN-backed campaign to raise awareness about malaria – which claims over one million lives annually – also had a starring role on the US television program Ugly Betty.

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Mexican Cartel, Knights Templar Distributing “Code of Conduct” Propaganda Booklets

Mexican Cartel, Knights Templar Distributing “Code of Conduct” Propaganda Booklets

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The Knights Templar gang, a breakaway faction of the La Familia Michoacana drug cartel based in the Mexican state of Michoacán is distributing booklets claiming that they are fighting a war against poverty, tyranny and injustice.

The group, blamed for murders, extortion, drug trafficking and attacks on police, are appealing to citizens in a part of the country where the government claims to have largely taken down major drug traffickers.

The 22-page booklet is titled, “The Code of the Knights Templar of Michoacan.”

Analysts say the booklet is being used as propaganda as a means of transform a drug cartel into a social movement, much like the right-wing paramilitary groups did in Colombia in the 1990s against leftist rebels. A fight in which the Associated Press noted that both sides used the drug trade to finance their causes.

Though the Knights Templar, like La Familia, claim to be extremely religious, the cartel began distributing its teachings to the general public with colorful, eye-catching posters, banners, emblems, and even medieval robes.

A passage from the booklet reads, “God is the truth and there is no truth without God, ” and goes on to say cartel members “must fight against materialism,” and must not kill for money, and states that “for all members of the order, the use of any drugs or any hallucinogen is strictly prohibited.”

The cartel has criticized federal police for not protecting the people of Apatzingan, Michoacan, where the people shouted, “Federal police, get out!” and where some young people made shirts saying, “100 percent Knights Templar.”

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Peru Continues to Honor Nelson Mandela

Peru Continues to Honor Nelson Mandela

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For the last two years, July 18 has been Nelson Mandela Day. The UN adopted it as a day for global humanitarian action and called it Nelson Mandela International Day. This was the first time the body had set apart a world day in honor of one person, and they chose to make the annual celebration occur on the leader’s birthday.

ImageDuring this day, every one is asked to give at least 67 minutes of their time to serve their community or perform some kind of other humanitarian act in remembrance of the once-South African president who, for 67 years, has dedicated himself to the fight for social justice.

In San Isidro, Peru, there sits a gold-colored statue of a smiling Mandela standing at a podium. It is said that very few in Peru are unaware of the South African leader’s fight against apartheid.

One South African writer recounted meeting the people of Lima, and finding that when they learned she was from the same country as the amazing Nelson Mandela.

Image“It seems every taxi driver in Lima knows about Nelson Mandela, the man who showed such forgiveness and lack of bitterness after leading the struggle to replace the apartheid regime of South Africa with a multi-racial democracy,” wrote writer Marie Meyer.

“His amazing life story is known to many Peruvians I meet, and many marvel at how he emerged from his jail cell to become South Africa’s first black president, and a Nobel Peace Prize-winner in 1993.”

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Bruno Mars and Pitbull Represent for Latinos as Nominees for the VMAs

Bruno Mars and Pitbull Represent for Latinos as Nominees for the VMAs

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No Latinas received nominations for the 2011 Video Music Awards, led by Katy Perry with 9 nods and Adele, with 7.

Bruno Mars is the Latino with the most nominations to the August 28th awards show; he received nods for Best Pop Video, Best Male Video and Video of the Year for his “Grenade” in addition to a Best Choreography nomination for the “Lazy Song” video.

Pitbull received a nomination for Best Collaboration for his video “Give Me Everything,” featuring Nayer and Afrojack. His video will also be up against Bruno Mars for the Best Pop Video award.

For a complete list of nominees, visit www.mtv.com.

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NCLR Warns Proposed Cuts to Medicaid Could Leave Nearly 50% of Young Hispanics Without Coverage

NCLR Warns Proposed Cuts to Medicaid Could Leave Nearly 50% of Young Hispanics Without Coverage

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It has been estimated that if Congress makes the large cuts being proposed for Medicaid, roughly 25 percent of Hispanics in the United States are at risk of losing their health coverage.

According to a state-by-state breakdown from the National Council of La Raza, Medicaid is the only source of health coverage for nearly half of all Hispanics under the age of 18 the U.S. This has the council “deeply worried” about the status of the budget and the talks within the White House and congress, said the NCLR Vice president for Research, Advocacy and Legislation Eric Rodriguez during a conference call with reporters.

“Medicaid plays a key role in protecting Latino families from uninsurance in every state in the Union,” said Rodriguez. “Latinos are an important part of our country’s future and will carry the legacy that comes with our runaway debt. But to cut the very programs that keep our most vulnerable healthy is shortsighted. Our nation will feel the severe effects of Medicaid cuts for generations to come.”

He called the manner in the which Medicaid is being targeted for spending cuts as “frivolous and arbitrary.”

The NCLR estimates that if cuts to Medicaid like those suggested by Congressman Paul Ryan (R-WI) are approved, it would result in 12.8 million U.S. Hispanics losing Medicaid coverage.

Looking to stop potential cuts, La Raza, along with Families USA, have come together to form Stand Up For Health Care, which encourages advocates to “get involved in the fight to protect Medicaid” by e-mailing Congress, sharing your story, signing petitions and sharing your support with friends and family through social media.

The NCLR said, “Never has it been so clear that the health and welfare of Latinos is at stake.  Last-minute budget negotiations continue to keep Medicaid cuts on the table.”

Read more at National Council of La Raza →

Assoc. of Latino Elected Officials Urge Obama to Act on Priorities for Latinos

Assoc. of Latino Elected Officials Urge Obama to Act on Priorities for Latinos

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The National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials (NALEO) calls on President Obama to exercise strong leadership on key issues affecting the second-largest population group in the nation. Given the current challenges facing the nation, including the fiscal crisis, now is the most opportune time for President Obama to fulfill his commitment to the advancement of the Latino community they feel.

Next week, President Obama will address the National Council of La Raza (NCLR) at its Annual Conference, the largest and most important gathering of the nation’s most influential individuals, organizations, institutions, and companies working with the Hispanic community.  They are encouraging the President to embrace the opportunity provided by his attendance at the NCLR Annual Conference to announce meaningful progress on key policy issues of most importance to this segment of the American population.

Among the issues, NALEO urges President Obama to strongly promote and support negotiation and passage of The Dream Act. The President should also provide a more clear and expeditious process for implementing prosecutorial discretion to defer removal of DREAM Act eligible youth. The memorandum issued by Immigration and Customs Enforcement on this issue is a step in the right direction, but the Administration must establish a more uniform and transparent process to ensure stronger protections for these hard-working, law-abiding youth.

They are also urge the President to ensure that the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) vigorously enforces the Voting Rights Act of 1965 to protect Latinos from discrimination in the electoral process. The DOJ must carefully examine legislation enacted by jurisdictions that affects the ability of Latinos to register to vote and cast ballots (such as unfair restrictive photo identification requirements). It must also rigorously scrutinize the redistricting plans adopted by state legislatures, commissions, and other entities responsible for drawing new district lines. The DOJ should use its full authority to prevent the implementation of any laws, practices or redistricting plans that violate the VRA and jeopardize Latino voting rights.

The President should also continue to address the disproportionate impact of the recession on Latinos and their families.

In closing NALEO urged “As such, we ask for strong leadership, and a partnership, from the Administration and Washington in order to move our communities forward.”

 

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GIANT SINK HOLE Opens Under Guatemalan Abuelita’s Bed!

GIANT SINK HOLE Opens Under Guatemalan Abuelita’s Bed!

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65 year old Inocenta Hernández had the scare of a lifetime on Monday, when a 3ft wide, 40ft deep hole appeared under her bed!

The Hernández family has lived in the same house for 50 years; Mrs. Hernández, a widow, ushered her family outside the home after hearing a terribly loud explosion sound.

“Even the lights went off for a second,” she said “we thought it was a neighbor’s gas cylinder, or some kind of transit accident outside.”Image

But when the woman and grandchildren got outside the house, they were met by several neighbors that assured the explosion had come from inside their home.

“A gentleman told me the explosion had been in here, so we checked the house and found it under the bed. Thank god we only got some material damage, my grand children were playing around there, coming in and outside that room into the patio.”

Sink holes are natural depressions in the earth and can range anywhere from a few feet to hundreds of acres wide.

Hernández said that officials from the National Coordinator for Disaster Reduction, the Municipal Water Company and agents of the National civilian Police have visited her home, and recommended asking the municipality for assistance.

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LATINO BLOTTER: Florida Man Arrested for Attempting to Illegally Sell a Monkey

LATINO BLOTTER: Florida Man Arrested for Attempting to Illegally Sell a Monkey

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A man was arrested after attempting to illegally sell a small monkey via an online classified ad without proper documentation.

Jesus Hernandez, 26, of Ft. Lauderdale was arrested by Florida’s Fish and Wildfire Conservation (FWC) Commission and charged with trying to sell a 1-year-old marmoset he kept in a bird cage.

A marmoset is a small monkey that averages eight inches tall and weighing about nine ounces. They are native to the coastal forests of northeastern Brazil, and are actually legal to buy and sell but the person must be registered with the state to do so. Applications for the free permits are easily available on the FWC website.

ImageHernandez was attempting to sell the monkey, which is only slightly bigger than a squirrel, for $2,700 when someone came across the ad and was suspicious enough to call FWC officials.

FWC authorities posed as buyers and met with Hernandez on July 11. He was arrested when they discovered he did not have the proper permits for selling the animal.

Investigators also determined that the cage in which the marmoset was being housed was not big enough for it.

In South Florida, marmosets are relatively common pets, and generally sell for $1,800 to $2,500.

The monkey in this case is currently being cared for at a local wildlife facility. It will remain there unless Hernandez can produce the proper permits or until someone with the correct documentation buys it.

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Jennifer Lopez Singing Away Her Woes with $1 Million Private Performance – WATCH IT (Video)

Jennifer Lopez Singing Away Her Woes with $1 Million Private Performance – WATCH IT (Video)

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As Jennifer Lopez tries to recoup from her martial woes she agreed to give a private performance in the Ukraine for $1 million dollars.

We assume J. Lo was all too happy to escape the gossip rumor mill that has her cheating on Marc with the very caliente William Levy.  Then there is a story coming out of Us Weekly that the couple almost split up two years ago when Marc had an affair with a flight attendant. 

Therefore when oil tycoon Azam Aslamov asked her to performance at his son’s wedding she didn’t hesitate – we’re sure the $1 million paycheck didn’t hurt either. 

Apparently J. Lo traveled to the Crimean Aivazovskii Hotel with a full entourage of back up singers and vocalists and???  Well
we don’t know if any new amigos (like William Levy) were in tow.

Nothing like singing your problems away we say and putting some pennies in the bank for it.


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Faces of the DREAM Act UPDATE: Judge Grants NC Student Reprieve, Putting Deportation on Hold

Faces of the DREAM Act UPDATE: Judge Grants NC Student Reprieve, Putting Deportation on Hold

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A North Carolina judge has granted Erick Velazquillo, 22, a 45-day reprieve to allow for a request for “prosecutorial discretion” to be considered by Immigration and Customs officials.

Velazquillo was facing deportation back to Mexico though he had not lived there since he was 2 years old. He was arrested after an officer pulled him over for allegedly using his high beams on a dark road, and was driving on an expired license.

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Erick Velazquillo was just 2 years old when he was brought to the United States from Mexico. Now, after being arrested for a traffic violation he faces deportation to a country he does not know, but he’s getting help from a network of thousands of immigration advocates and a number of fellow undocumented immigrants like himself.

Like so many, Velazquillo did not know he was not in the country legally until his parents told him years later. He went on to finish high school, and attended Central Piedmont Community College where he earned an Associate of Arts degree. When it came time for him to advance, he applied and was accepted to the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. Unfortunately, due to his immigration status, he was told he would have to pay out-of-state tuition and was not eligible for any type of financial aid.  Not wanting to stop his education, Velazquillo went back to taking classes at the community college.

Everything changed for him once again in October of 2010 when he was pulled over while driving home.

“I was pulled over for having my high beams on in Matthews, North Carolina,” Velazquillo explained on the advocate group N.C. Dream Team’s website. “When I got pulled over I gave the police officer my name- Erick Domingo Velazquillo. The police officer was not able to find me in the computer so he decided to search my vehicle for my license, as I had misplaced it. He found my expired license in my gym bag and accused me of lying about my identity because my license does not show my middle name Domingo.

Image“The police officer arrested me and charged me with driving without a license and giving fictitious information to an officer because the name on my license read Erick Velazquillo Franco. Franco is my mother’s maiden name, and the DMV wrongfully added this after my last name, thus making Velazquillo seem like my middle name and eliminating my real middle name altogether.”

Because of the DMV error, and the officer’s claim that Velazquillo gave him wrongful information, he was arrested and spent three days in Charolette Mecklenburg County jail. He was bailed out with a $5,000 bond.

Due to this incident, Velazquillo is now facing a deportation order, and on July 19, he will ask an immigration judge and federal prosecutors to let him stay in the country he proudly calls home.

The N.C. Dream Team is a Raleigh-based group that has taken up Velazquillo’s case, and inspired by the civil rights movement, want to push the nation’s young people to stand up for immigration reform. Members of the group have gone so far to announce their own “illegal” status in support of others they say shout be “undocumented and unafraid.”

“We’ve had enough,” said N.C. Dream Team co-founder Viridiana Martinez of Sanford to the Charlotte Observer. “We know we’re taking risks, facing arrest every time we come out. But we have to speak out for ourselves. Because if we don’t do it, someone else is going to do it. And that has gotten us nowhere.”

While the group only has about 1,100 members in North Carolina, as many as 10,000 people are likely to hear about Velazquillo’s case through the group’s national network affiliations.

The Obama administration has deported roughly 800,000 people in just two years, but has adamantly expressed that it does not wish to deport college-age students with no criminal records.

And while the the DREAM Act failed to get passed last fall, groups like N.C. Dream Team, along with U.S.-born supporters are banning together to make it known that the DREAM Act is right for America, not just Velazquillo and others like him.

To sign the petition urging lawmakers to allow Erick Velazquillo to remain in the United States click here.

Read more at Fox News Latino →

Venezuela Now Has World’s Largest Oil Reserves Surpassing Saudi Arabia

Venezuela Now Has World’s Largest Oil Reserves Surpassing Saudi Arabia

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According to the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Counties (OPEC) Venezuela for the first time has surpassed Saudi Arabia as the richest oil nation in terms of reserves.

The country’s oil reserves are now pegged at 297 billion barrels which represents a 40 percent spike from the previous year.  Saudia Arabia now comes in second with 265 billion barrels of proven reserves

The new reserves that are bolstering Venezuela’s barrel count are coming in from off-shore projects and new finds in existing oil fields in Barcelona, Maracaibo and Barinas.

To counter the good news for Venezuela is the fact that it does not have the resources or know how to extract a lot of the oil it has in reserves.  The country’s oil production has been falling steadily since 2006 and was the only country in Latin America to lose refinery capacity.

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STUDY: Ad Agencies Are Not Diverse & ‘100% Dominated by White Men’ Super Bowl Ads Used as Example

STUDY: Ad Agencies Are Not Diverse & ‘100% Dominated by White Men’ Super Bowl Ads Used as Example

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The Institute for Diversity and Ethics in Sport (TIDES) at the University of Central Florida (UCF) has conducted a new study on the racial and gender make‐up of creative directors responsible for the advertising spots aired during the 2010 Super Bowl at the request of the Madison Avenue Project, a partnership between the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) and Mehri & Skalet, PLLC.

This report seeks to explain the current disparity in hiring practices that exists in the advertising industry regarding race and gender. The data, both quantitative and qualitative, yielded startling outcomes. Racial and gender data was available for 58 of the 67 advertisements aired during the Super Bowl. Fifty‐two of the advertisements were produced by major advertising agencies while the other 15 were either produced in‐house by the companies themselves or by creative directors who were not professionals and some were contest winners. Of those 52 advertisements produced by agencies, not one featured a person of color as the lead creative director: 100 percent were white.

There was also an astonishing lack of minorities featured as main characters in the advertisements. Of the 67 ads, only four featured a person of color in the lead role, and all were male (Beyoncé’s role in the Vizio commercial was not considered a leading role because she was on screen for less than 10 percent of the advertisement time).

The lack of minority employees who work in executive or creative positions for advertising agencies has been an unresolved issue in the advertising industry since it was first brought to light in 1963 by the NAACP and the Urban League of Greater New York. This results in an exclusion from exposure to cultural viewpoints and presents higher probabilities of showing biases on racial and gender issues.

These issues were prevalent in the commercials that aired during the 2010 Super Bowl, which led to the call to conduct an analysis of the race and gender of the creative directors of contracted agencies that produced the 2010 Super Bowl commercials. TIDES believes that the Super Bowl commercials for Super Bowl XLIV were an adequate and appropriate sample of the advertising industry’s overall body of work.

For a copy of the complete study visit the HS News Library

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Govt Launches Human Trafficking Awareness Campaign to Compliment Mexico’s Campaign

Govt Launches Human Trafficking Awareness Campaign to Compliment Mexico’s Campaign

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U.S. Customs and Border Protection today launched two public service announcements as part of the “Don’t Be Fooled” campaign—a public awareness campaign designed to educate citizens and encourage public vigilance to combat human trafficking within local communities, and invite others to join the fight against this form of modern-day slavery.

The two public service announcements, titled “Masquerade” and “Bird Cage,” will begin airing July 25 in three key media markets: Florida, Georgia, North Carolina, and the Washington, D.C., metro area. All announcements will provide a phone number citizens can call to report suspicious activity.

“Death, disappearance, and enslavement—these too often are the futures that await illegal immigrants who mortgage their lives to human smugglers” said CBP Deputy Commissioner, David V. Aguilar. “These evils are what CBP and our partner agencies within the Department of Homeland Security began to target with last year’s ‘No Te Engañes’ campaign and that we continue to combat with our new ‘Don’t Be Fooled’ efforts.”

“Trafficking victims live under a crippling fear under the control of their traffickers who’ve filled their minds with lies,” said U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement Deputy Director Kumar C. Kibble. “Through CBP’s ‘No Te Engañes’ public service announcement, we hope to reach and rescue the victims who’ve endured much pain and suffering at the hands of callous criminals. ICE is committed to arresting human traffickers and bring them to justice by ensuring that they feel the full weight of the law.”


In February 2010, CBP launched the first phase of the “No Te Engañes” public awareness Spanish language campaign in Central America and Mexico to underscore the dangers of the two most common types of trafficking: sexual slavery and forced labor.

In July 2010, the Department of Homeland Security launched the Blue Campaign – a first-of-its-kind campaign to coordinate and enhance DHS’s anti-human trafficking activities. It leverages the authorities and resources of DHS to deter human trafficking through a three-pronged strategy of prevention, protecting victims, and prosecution.

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U.S. Targets La Familia Cartel: 1,985 Arrested, $62 Million & 12 Tons of Illegal Drugs Seized

U.S. Targets La Familia Cartel: 1,985 Arrested, $62 Million & 12 Tons of Illegal Drugs Seized

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Approximately 1,985 individuals have been arrested on narcotics-related charges as part of a 20-month multi-agency law enforcement investigation known as Project Delirium, which targeted the La Familia Michoacana drug cartel, the Department of Justice announced today.

As part of an ongoing takedown that began June 1, 2011, 221 individuals have been arrested across the United States as part of Project Delirium, including more than 70 individuals apprehended yesterday and today. In addition, $770,499 in U.S. currency, 635 pounds of methamphetamine, 118 kilograms of cocaine, and 24 pounds of heroin were seized by law enforcement agents since June 1, 2011.

“Through the Secretariat of Public Security, the Government of Mexico has seen increased results in their fight against the drug trafficking organizations,” said Mexico’s Secretary of Public Security Genaro Garcia Luna. “Due to increased information sharing and collaboration with the DEA, these efforts have resulted in successful and significant arrests and seizures of drugs and money.”

To date, Project Delirium has led to the arrest of 1,985 individuals and the seizure of approximately $62 million in U.S. currency, and approximately 2,773 pounds of methamphetamine, 2,722 kilograms of cocaine, 1,005 pounds of heroin, 14,818 pounds of marijuana, and $3.8 million in other assets.

Individuals indicted in these cases are charged with a variety of crimes, including: conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine, cocaine, and marijuana; distribution of methamphetamine, cocaine, and marijuana; conspiracy to import narcotics into the United States; money laundering; and other violations of federal law. Numerous defendants face forfeiture allegations as well.

 

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