RED RIBBON CAMPAIGN
The National Red Ribbon Campaign was sparked by the murder of DEA Special Agent Enrique ("Kiki") Camarena by drug traffickers. Within weeks of his death in March of 1985, Camarena's Congressman, Duncan Hunter, and high school friend Henry Lozano launched "Camarena Clubs" in high schools in Imperial Valley, Kiki's home. Hundreds of club members pledged to lead drug-free lives to honor the sacrifices made by Kiki and others on behalf of all Americans. That spring, two club members presented the "Camarena Club Proclamation" to then First Lady Nancy Reagan, bringing it national attention. Later that summer, parent groups in California, Illinois and Virginia began promoting the wearing of RED RIBBONS nationwide during late October. In 1988, the National Federation of Parents organized the first national Red Ribbon Week, an eight-day event proclaimed by the U.S. Congress and chaired by President and Mrs. Reagan.
Today, the Red Ribbon Campaign also symbolizes support for the DEA's effort to reduce demand for drugs through prevention and education programs.
On Saturday, October 19, 2002, from 9AM - 5PM, the DEA Newark Division will be sponsoring the 4th Annual Red Ribbon Drug Awareness Day at Nomahegan Park, Union County, Cranford, New Jersey. This day will be filled with special events for all. We encourage all friends, family members and children of DEA to come and show support for this cause.
Currently, SAC Cammarato will be a guest speaker in addition to DEA/Airwing support.