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Javier Valdez Cárdenas
Narcotrafficking’s Orphans

(Huérfanos del narco)

Commercial Non-Fiction / Divulgation / Narcos & Co.

  • Published: 17/07/2015
  • ISBN: 9786073132992
  • 257 pages

A collection of heart-rending, first-hand accounts of a generation affected by the violence of organized crime and drug trafficking, and a passionate investigation into how those who lost their families—and all hope along with them—manage to survive. This book gives voice to the children orphaned by violence, kidnappings, torture and murder and at the same time demands more awareness from our society. This and his other books have made the author the most credible journalist on the effects of the drug war in Mexico. Huérfanos del narco includes interviews with the families of the 43 students who disappeared in Ayotzinapa in November 2014.

About the author

MEXICO – Javier Valdez Cárdenas (Culiacán, 1967 – 2017). From 1998, he was a correspondent for the national newspaper La Jornada, a founding reporter of the news weekly Ríodoce and a contributor to the blog Nuestra Aparente Rendición (NAR). His reports have been published in ProcesoGatopardo, Emeequis and Horizontal. In October 2011, the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) awarded him the International Press Freedom Award in New York for his “brave coverage of drug trafficking and putting names and faces to its victims”. In 2011, with the team at Ríodoce, they received the María Moors Cabot Prize from the prestigious Graduate School of Journalism of Columbia University, New York. In 2013, the team also won The PEN Club prize for Editorial Excellence. In 2014, Quién magazine named him as one of the 50 most influential people in Mexico. This was also the year he won the National Prize for Journalism. He was also the journalistic consultant for the television series Señorita Pólvora, for Sony Television.

He is the author of the books De azoteas y olvidos (Culiacán), Malayerba (Jus Ediciones) & Miss Narco (a finalist for the 2010 Rodolfo Walsh Prize awarded at the Semana Negra in Gijón, Spain), The Narco Kids, Levantones, With a Grenade in Your Mouth, Narcotrafficking’s Orphans and Narcojournalism, all published with Aguilar.