This Saturday, August 4, Hipolito Acosta will speak about his new book, The Shadow Catcher, at 2:00 pm in the Bradbury Room of the Waukegan Public Library. Released in April of this year, Acosta’s book portrays an extraordinary glimpse into the organized crime world of Mexico by a U.S. undercover agent. Filled with real stories from the trenches of the U.S.-Mexico border, The Shadow Catcher is the culmination of Acosta’s thirty years of work infiltrating Mexico’s crime cartels.
In his years working with the U.S. Government, Acosta was one of the most highly decorated officers in the history of the Immigration and Naturalization Service. The son of Mexican-American migrant workers, Acosta rose through the ranks from Border Patrol Agent to a key position in the Department of Homeland Security.
His domestic career included front line roles in the fight against alien smuggling in key positions such as Criminal Investigator in Chicago, Special Agent with the El Paso District & Border Patrol Sector, and Supervisory Special Agent in Brownsville, Texas. Heading a district that covered forty-two countries, Acosta oversaw high-profile investigations and successful undercover missions involving illegal operations in Central America, Europe, the Far East, and the Middle East.
He is the recipient of the Newton-Azrak Award—the highest honor given by the U.S. Border Patrol to individuals for bravery and heroism in the line of duty—and was appointed District Director, US Citizenship & Immigration Services in Houston under the Department of Homeland Security in January 2004, a position he held until his retirement on March 31, 2005.