On Thursday, May 4, Hipólito Acosta launched his newest memoir, Deep in the Shadows, at the Post Oak Grill in Houston, Texas.
In his latest book, Acosta recounts his often-dangerous exploits as a law enforcement agent over more than 30 years, which frequently included going undercover as a human smuggler or an undocumented immigrant. He targeted those who took advantage of immigrants, stuffing them into car trunks for hours-long drives from the border to the north; counterfeiters who, for the right price, provided false social security cards and other papers; and even corrupt agents who earned significant financial rewards on the backs of desperate migrants.
Though catching drug dealers wasn’t in his job description, when the opportunity to take them down presented itself, Acosta enthusiastically complied—even if he had to do it without the support of governmental agencies. And later in his career, diplomatic postings in the Philippines and Mexico expanded his experience with immigration issues.
This exciting memoir of a life spent in pursuit of human traffickers is an eye-opening look at smugglers and other criminals involved in the sale of counterfeit documents, narcotics and weapons.
Below are a few photos from the event!