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Lunchtime Talk with Azam Ahmed, Investigative Journalist & Author of Fear is Just a Word

Tuesday, February 20, 2024 @ 12:45 pm - 1:45 pm

Berkeley Law students, faculty, and staff are invited to a lunchtime discussion with Azam Ahmed. Azam is an international investigative correspondent for The New York Times. He is the former New York Times bureau chief in Mexico, and previously was the New York Times bureau chief in Afghanistan. Azam will discuss his new book, Fear is Just a Word, his investigations on forced disappearance, and his career as an investigative journalist.

Lunch will be served to attendees.

About the Book:Fear Is Just a Word begins on an international bridge between Mexico and the United States, as fifty-six-year-old Miriam Rodríguez stalks one of the men she believes was involved in the murder of her daughter Karen. He is her target number eleven, a member of the drug cartel that has terrorized and controlled what was once Miriam’s quiet hometown of San Fernando, Mexico, almost one hundred miles from the U.S. border. Having dyed her hair red as a disguise, Miriam watches, waits, and then orchestrates the arrest of this man, exacting her own version of justice. Woven into this deeply researched, moving account is the story of how cartels built their power in Mexico, escalated the use of violence, and kidnapped and murdered tens of thousands. Karen was just one of the many people who disappeared, and Miriam, a brilliant, strategic, and fearless woman, begged for help from the authorities and paid ransom money she could not afford in hopes of saving her daughter. When that failed, she decided that “fear is just a word,” and began a crusade to track down Karen’s killers and to help other victimized families in their search for justice.”

This event is co-sponsored by the International Human Rights Law Clinic and the International Law Society.



Tuesday, February 20, 2024
12:45 pm - 1:45 pm
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12 Law Building


International Law Society
International Human Rights Law Clinic

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