News Release
October 20, 2005
Contact: DEA Public Affairs

DEA Headquarters to Celebrate Red Ribbon Week
DC, MD and VA Schoolchildren to Participate in Event

OCT 20 -- (Washington, D.C.) On October 26, 2005, Drug Enforcement Administration Administrator Karen P. Tandy will host 200 DC area schoolchildren at the DEA Headquarters Red Ribbon Week Event. Approximately 80 million people participate in Red Ribbon events nationally from October 23-31. 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.

DEA’s 20th Anniversary Headquarters event will be emceed by local Channel 8 sports personality Glenn Harris and will feature performances by the Jumping Buddies Jumping Team ( an anti-drug jump rope performance team with 800 members from Virginia schools), the “DARE” Dancers (drawn from Drug Abuse Resistance Education students, and a visit from the Bolling Air Force Base mascots.

In addition, two Florida schoolchildren will present Administrator Tandy with signed red ribbons.  Since Special Agent Camerena’s murder, American kids have taken up the banner Kiki inspired—the Red Ribbons they proudly wear every October.  Because of Kiki, millions of children in big cities and small towns have taken a stand against drugs: pledging that “drugs are not—and never will be—part of their lives.”

Location: DEA Headquarters
               700 Army Navy Drive
               Arlington, VA 22202

Time: Wednesday, October 26, 2005
          10:00 AM.

If you have questions or need further information, please contact the DEA Office of Public Affairs at 202-307-7977.


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