In August 2010, a lone survivor directed authorities to a ranch in the Mexican state of Tamaulipas where 72 Central and South American migrants lay unburied, massacred by narcotraffickers. Moved by these cruel and anonymous deaths, Alma Guillermoprieto mobilized a group of journalists, activists and writers to gather information about those who had died and create a “virtual altar” for each of them online. The result was 72migrantes.com, which was compiled in a book of the same name and released in fall 2011. In her talk, Guillermoprieto will discuss the 72 migrantes project as well as the current state of Central American immigration and the drug trade in Mexico.
Alma Guillermoprieto is an award-winning journalist and author. In 2008, Foreign Policy magazine named her one of the 100 most important public intellectuals in the world.