News Release
October 28, 2009
Contact: Jodie Underwood
Number: (206) 553-5443

Auburn and Federal Way Schools Celebrate
Red Ribbon in Rememberance of DEA SA Enrique Camarena

OCT 28 -- (Seattle) – The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) Seattle Field Divisional Office commenced its 2009 Red Ribbon events at Brooklake Christian School on October 13, 2009 and Arthur Jacobson Elementary School on October 14, 2009. A strong anti-drug message was delivered to over 800 kids to respect themselves and make the right choices.

The DEA and several state, local and federal law enforcement agencies united together to deliver a positive message to stay in school and say “no” to drugs. School events comprised of banner and essay contests that supported drug prevention themes for all ages. Children proudly displayed red ribbons as a sign of their pledge to remain drug-free.

The National Red Ribbon Campaign, which is the nation’s largest drug prevention effort, began after drug traffickers in Mexico tortured and brutally murdered Special Agent Enrique “Kiki” Camarena in March 1985. The Red Ribbon Campaign is dedicated to helping to preserve Special Agent Camarena's memory and further the cause for which he gave his life, the fight against the violence of drug crime and the misery of addiction. Red Ribbon week started as a local effort in Camarena’s hometown of Calexico, California when Congressman Duncan Hunter and Camarena’s high school friend, Henry Lozano, created Camarena Clubs to ensure fond memories of Kiki. The National Family Partnership (NFP) created a national campaign of observance, an eight-day event proclaimed by the U.S. Congress and chaired by then President and Mrs. Reagan. Approximately 80 million people participate in Red Ribbon events every year.

'Officially, Red Ribbon Week will be celebrated nationally from October 23-31; however, several communities and school districts hold events throughout the month. The Seattle Field Division has several Red Ribbon events scheduled in Alaska, Idaho, Oregon and Washington, which are posted on the Seattle Field Division’s website. For further information regarding Red Ribbon events in Alaska, Idaho, Oregon and Washington please contact the Seattle Field Division at 206-553-5443.

The two events were supported by the following agencies: Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, Federal Bureau of Investigation, Immigration and Customs Enforcement, Western District of Washington - United States Attorney’s Office, Auburn Police Department, Federal Way Police Department, Washington State Patrol, City of Auburn Mayor’s Office, Auburn School District, Washington State Attorney General’s Office, King 5-TV, and KCPC- Q13 Fox News.