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Our Lost Border: Life amid the Narco-Violence

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American Heroes Radio features a conversation with Texas law enforcement official Sarah Cortez & retired US Border Patrol Agent Hipolito Acosta on Our Lost Border: Life amid the Narco-Violence.

About the Guests

Sarah Cortez has been in law enforcement since 1993.  She began her career as a police officer with the University of Houston Police Department & then went to work at Harris County, Precinct Four.  She is currently a reserve deputy with the Harris County.  Sarah Cortez is the author of How to Undress a Cop: Poems and Cold Blue Steel, and a coauthor/editor of Hit List: The Best of Latino Mystery and You Don't Have a Clue: Latino Mystery Stories for Teens and an editor/contributor to Our Lost Border: Life Amid the Narco-Violence.

Hipolito Acosta “served with the US Navy & then began a distinguished career as a US Border Patrol Agent. During the next 29 years he served in a variety of positions ranging from a criminal investigator in the INS to OIC of the US Dept of Justice in domestic & foreign postings. Most recently, Hipolito Acosta served as District Director of the Office of US Citizenship & Immigration Services.  Hipolito Acosta managed the reorganization of hundreds of employees of the legacy I&NS office into the new model established under the Department of Homeland Security. Hipolito Acosta is the author of The Shadow Catcher: A U.S. Agent Infiltrates Mexico's Deadly Crime Cartels.

According to the book description of Our Lost Border: Essays on Life amid the Narco-Violence, “In their introduction, editors Sarah Cortez and Sergio Troncoso write that this anthology was "born of a vision to bear witness to how this violence has shattered life on the border, to remember the past, but also to point to the possibilities of a better future."