Mika Camarena Biography

Mika Camarena is an American activist and the wife of late Mexican-born American undercover agent, Kiki Camarena. Check out this biography to know about her birthday, childhood, family life, achievements and fun facts about her.

Mika Camarena
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Nick Name: Mika

Born: 1948

Nationality: American

Famous: American Women Women Activists

Age: 71 Years, 71 Year Old Females

Also Known As: Geneva Camarena

Born in: Fresno, California

Famous as: Activist, wife of late DEA agent Kiki Camarena

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Spouse/Ex-: Kiki Camarena

U.S. State: California

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education: Calexico High School, Imperial Valley College

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Mika Camarena is an American activist and the wife of late Mexican-born American undercover agent for the United States Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), Enrique S. 'Kiki' Camarena Salazar, who was kidnapped, tortured and murdered by drug cartels in early 1985 while on assignment in Mexico. Mika, a former skin-care consultant, worked throughout her life to raise drug awareness across the country, because her husband believed that giving up the war against drugs will let the drug traffickers win. She is the president of the Enrique S. Camarena Educational Foundation, which she had established in 2004 with her eldest son Enrique and other retired DEA agents. She regularly holds talks about drug awareness in schools and libraries across the nation. She is portrayed by Alyssa Diaz on the Netflix series 'Narcos: Mexico'.

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Mika Camarena
Rise to Stardom
  • After completing her studies, Mika Camarena began working as a medical insurance clerk for a doctor in Calexico. She later became a clerk in the Calexico Municipal Court, but eventually took the job of a skin-care consultant, which she continued till retiring. Since her husband's death, she has become an activist and advocates drug awareness among the youth. However, she recently received unprecedented media attention after Netflix produced the crime-drama series 'Narcos: Mexico' in 2018, which depicted the tragic story of her husband.
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Family & Personal Life
  • Geneva 'Mika' Camarena was born in 1948 near Fresno, California, and was raised in Calexico, a city in Imperial County, California. She was educated at Calexico High School and later attended Imperial Valley College.
  • Mika Camarena and her future husband, Kiki Camarena, both grew up in the city of Calexico, California. They were high school sweethearts and continued their relationship after he began working as a firefighter and then joined the police in Calexico. He next served two years in the Marines, following which he became a special agent for the DEA. He worked in Guadalajara, Mexico, where he and Mika lived with their three sons Enrique, Daniel, and Erik. While he shared very little details with her to keep her from worrying, she was well-aware of the dangers of his job.
  • After about a decade, on February 7th, 1985, Kiki, who was working as an undercover agent for the DEA, infiltrating drug trafficking gangs, was kidnapped and later brutally murdered by Mexican drug traffickers. Their three children were only aged 11, 6 and 4 at the time. After his death, she focused on raising her three kids and worked hard as a skin-care consultant. However, she feels that changes in the DEA did help in a significant way after her husband's death, as her children's education was paid for by the amount raised for survivors' benefit. The DEA also kept her informed about the developments regarding punishing the people responsible for Kiki's death. However, she gradually distanced herself from the details about the case in order to focus more on what used to drive him during his lifetime: to not let the drug cartels win.
  • During an interview in 2010, 25 years after his death, she was asked about which day she observes as the death anniversary of her husband, considering that he went missing on February 7th and his body was recovered on March 5th, she mentioned that while she remembers him each and every day, February 7th, 1985 was the last day she saw her. Her eldest son Enrique became a deputy district attorney in 2014, working in the South Bay.
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Activism
  • After the death of Kiki Camarena, his wife Mika Camarena became involved in a number of social and charitable initiatives in order to preserve and promote the sacrifices made by him. In 2004, she established the Enrique S. Camarena Educational Foundation with the help of several retired DEA agents, as well as her son Enrique. The organization offers life-size bronze busts of Kiki to be unveiled at schools and libraries in San Diego and across the country. The proceeds from the sales are used to sponsor six scholarships to high school students throughout the nation each year. Mika, who serves as the president of the organization, often took part in talks about drug awareness in schools and communities nationwide despite her longtime job as a skin-care consultant.
  • After retiring, she now dedicates all her time to the organization and works together with schools and the law enforcement department to raise awareness about drugs among youths and their parents. Many people in Calexico had began wearing red ribbons after Kiki was murdered, a gesture that later turned into the Red Ribbon campaign and is now celebrated for a week during October 23-31 each year. During her talks, she often mentions that Red Ribbon Week should be celebrated all year round to increase awareness about drugs.
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Last Updated
- December 11, 2018
Mika Camarena

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