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DPA Executive Director Wins 2018 Juan E. Méndez Human Rights Book Award for "There Are No Dead Here"

Drug Policy Alliance

The Duke University Human Rights Center at the Franklin Humanities Institute and the Human Rights Archive at the David M. Rubenstein Rare Book and Manuscript Library have named DPA Executive Director María McFarland Sánchez-Moreno’s book, There Are No Dead Here: A Story of Murder and Denial in Colombia (Nation Books, 2018) as the winner of the 2018 Juan E. Méndez Book Award for Human Rights in Latin America. 

This acclaimed work chronicles the story of three ordinary Colombians who risked their lives to reveal the collusion between right-wing paramilitary groups with close ties to the cocaine business and much of the country’s political establishment. It serves as an important illustration of the bloody toll of the epic failure of the war on drugs.  

Her book has the cadence of a mystery novel and the depth of an investigative report as she follows corruption borne of wars on drugs and crime. Those wars later crawled north from South America.

- The Los Angeles Review of Books