12/10/13 — On December 5, the Justice in Mexico Project hosted Midnight in Mexico author and Dallas Morning News journalist Alfredo Corchado at the Mother Rosalie Hall Warren Auditorium in the School of Education and Leadership Studies (SOLES) at the University of San Diego (USD). USD’s Program in Latin American Studies (PILAS) co-sponsored the event, which was attended by journalists, academics, students, and members of the community. Mr. Corchado began his presentation thanking the Justice in Mexico Project and recognizing the quality and value of its work.
Mr. Corchado’s tale is of a journalist who survived a serious threat against his life for his courageous reporting. Midnight in Mexico is a deeply personal account of his experiences covering Mexico’s struggle against drug trafficking, corruption, and violence. While reading excerpts from his book, Mr. Corchado engaged the audience by sharing his personal history and the difficulties he has had to overcome, particularly detailing his life changing experience in 2007 when he lay awake at night realizing that he had gone from reporting on a story to becoming the center of a plot to end his life. Midnight in Mexico is both a literal reference and a metaphor to the nearly ten years of darkness in Mexico, during which ruthless criminal organizations have engaged in horrendous violence that has killed tens of thousands of people.
The presentation was followed by a question and answer session with Mr. Corchado, who then engaged directly with audience members while signing copies of his book for them. The book is now available in both English and Spanish. For a full review of Midnight in Mexico, click here.
The Justice in Mexico Project looks forward to having you join us at our next event.