Coverage of Drug Trafficking and Organized Crime in the Americas
Thursday, September 16
Dr. Gabriela Polit, UT-Austin Department of Spanish and Portuguese
Cristian Alarcón, Fundación Nuevo Periodismo Iberoamericano (Argentina)
Samuel Gonzalez, Criminal justice consultant (Mexico)
Javier Mayorca, El Nacional (Venezuela)
Alvaro Sierra, University for Peace (Costa Rica)
For more information, contact the Knight Center at 512/471-1391 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Light refreshments will be provided.
Sponsored by the Knight Center for Journalism in the Americas and Teresa Lozano Long Institute of Latin American Studies.
Cristian Alarcón is the coordinator of Fundación Nuevo Periodismo Iberoamericano’s Cosecha Roja, a network of crime reporters from the region. He has written extensively about violence and conflict for magazines and newspapers including TXT, Leopard, Rolling Stone, and Crítica de la Argentina and was awarded a prize for journalistic integrity from the North American Congress of Latin America (NACLA).
Samuel González led the federal office for drugs and organized crime in Mexico, and was involved in developing new laws against organized crime and for public safety. He is now a criminal justice consultant who works with the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime.
Javier Mayorca is the coathor and editor of the books El secuestro y la toma de rehenes, ¿una nueva realidad? (2001) and Terrorismo, ensayos para el debate (2006). Mayorca was a member of the unit of investigative journalism of El Diario de Caracas, media outlet for which he also covered the military and police sources, and now writes for El Nacional. He received the National Journalism Award in 1997 for his investigations on drug trafficking and money laundering in Venezuela.
Álvaro Sierra is a renowned Colombian journalist and journalism instructor who currently teaches at the University for Peace in San José, Costa Rica. He is former editor of the editorial page of El Tiempo newspaper and served as a correspondent in Russia (1990-1997) and China (1998-2000). He has extensive experience covering armed conflicts as a local reporter and a foreign correspondent.