The Drug Enforcement Administration will hold its annual National Red Ribbon Rally virtually this year. Our virtual rally will premiere on the DEA website on October 1, 2020, and be available to share throughout the month of October.
This year’s Red Ribbon Rally features voices from our community and special guests who represent diverse experiences and perspectives on drug prevention and Red Ribbon activism, including youth performances that celebrate living drug-free. In addition, we will recognize the elementary, middle, and high school winners of the DEA Red Ribbon visual arts contest, and announce the community groups selected to receive DEA’s 2020 Community Drug Prevention Award.
During Red Ribbon Week, young people in communities and schools across the nation pledge to live drug-free by wearing red ribbons and participating in anti-drug events. Red Ribbon Week is also a time to pay tribute to DEA Special Agent Enrique “Kiki” Camarena, whose tragic murder led to the creation of the Red Ribbon Campaign. He is the man and hero behind the Red Ribbon Campaign. Today, millions of Americans all over the United States continue to wear red ribbons to symbolize their support for a united, drug-free nation.
Tickets are not required. No need to RSVP. Spread the word. Everyone is invited.
Installation of the new DEA Museum exhibit has begun. After a long design process involving teams from a variety of backgrounds, the exhibit is being fabricated and constructed by a skilled crew. Large pieces are going together like a giant puzzle, and decorations are being placed on the walls and ceilings. Take a close look at the feature wallpaper, composed of various drug and paraphernalia images. The gold shapes represent the chemical structures of certain drugs and will be suspended above the heads of visitors walking through the main gallery. Follow us on Facebook for more updates about the renovation process.
Every year in May, we pause to recognize the brave men and women of DEA who have made the ultimate sacrifice in support of our mission—to protect the American people. This year’s memorial is a particularly solemn occasion, as we add the 85th name to our Wall of Honor, that of Task Force Officer Jorge DelRio. Today and every day, we honor TFO DelRio and all those killed in the line of duty. We will never forget them, their loved ones left behind, or the sacrifice they made for America.
Join us for this rare opportunity to watch and hear directly from one of the DEA’s most decorated agents and a renowned international expert on drug trafficking and terrorism. Michael S. Vigil has served around the world; and he has developed several international programs, including “Operation Containment” affecting 25 countries including Afghanistan, and “Centers for Drug Intelligence” a program that allows most countries in the world to share information about illicit drugs.
Michael S. Vigil is a 31-year veteran of the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA). He served as the Special Agent in Charge of the DEA’s Caribbean and San Diego Divisions. He was also the Chief of International Operations responsible for all offices worldwide, which included Latin America, Europe, the Middle East, Africa, Central Asia and Southeast Asia. He served in Mexico for 13 years and in Colombia for over 3 years.
Mr. Vigil appears regularly on TV and in the press. He is the author of “DEAL,” a book that recounts his dangerous career as an undercover agent for the DEA, and two novels. Mr. Vigil was born and raised in the Española Valley of New Mexico and graduated from Española High School. He graduated with honors from New Mexico State University with a degree in criminology/police science.
The National Red Ribbon Week commemorates DEA Special Agent Enrique “Kiki” Camarena. Agent Camarena was abducted, tortured and brutally murdered in Guadalajara, Mexico in 1985. Agent Camerena sacrificed his life in the fight against drugs. The communities across the country and the nation rallied behind a campaign which served as a reminder of the harm caused by drugs. The campaign expressed the need for anti-drug programs and the campaign would allow the dedicated actions of Americans to show their opposition to drugs. The campaign became known as The National Red Ribbon Week.
During the last week of October each year, a red ribbon is worn to express support for National Red Ribbon Week and to remember Agent Enrique “Kiki” Camerna. Throughout the United States and DEA, different events are sponsored to provide a platform by which to deliver the anti-drug message. This year, the DEA will kick off an entire month of drug prevention awareness with our Red Ribbon Rally at 11:00 AM EST on October 7th, 2019. To learn how your community can support National Red Ribbon Week, check out the Red Ribbon Toolkit.
Join us as we peek into the inner workings of the Drug Enforcement Administration in our 2019 lecture series “Who We Are and What We Do.” Join Elizabeth L. Maurer, Curator of Education for the DEA Museum, at a panel discussion with members of DEA Professional and Administrative Support.
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Join us as we take a peek into the inner workings of the Drug Enforcement Administration in our 2019 lecture series “Who We Are and What We Do.” Join Elizabeth L. Maurer, Curator of Education for the DEA Museum at a panel discussion with three members of DEA Diversion Control.
Diversion Investigators enforce the Controlled Substances Act (CSA) and the Chemical Diversion and Trafficking Act (CDTA) regarding the manufacture, distribution and dispensing of legally produced controlled substances and listed chemicals. They prevent diversion of controlled substances and listed chemicals into the illicit market, while ensuring an adequate uninterrupted supply of pharmaceutical controlled substances and listed chemicals to meet the legitimate medical, commercial and scientific needs of the public.
Take a peek into the inner workings of the Drug Enforcement Administration in our 2019 lecture series “Who We Are and What We Do.” Join Elizabeth L. Maurer, Curator of Education for the DEA Museum at a panel discussion with four DEA Special Agents.
Special Agents are on the front line for drug law enforcement in America and around the world. DEA’s goal is to eliminate illegal drug distribution, prosecute traffickers and destroy the financial infrastructure of these organizations. As the federal government’s premier drug law enforcement agency, our mission has never been so important. Agents are prepared for innumerable tasks including facilitating informant contacts, making drug arrests, community outreach, and international diplomacy.
The DEA Memorial service is held every year in May during National Police Week. The service pays tribute to the men and women of DEA and its predecessor agencies who have lost their lives while on duty. They have made the ultimate sacrifice for drug law enforcement and for our country. Watch now »
The DEA Memorial service is held every year in May during National Police Week. The service pays tribute to the men and women of DEA and its predecessor agencies who have lost their lives while on duty. They have made the ultimate sacrifice for drug law enforcement and for our country.