Hispanic Undercover Informants Put Their Lives at Risk for Immigration Status

An Original Production by Discovery En Espanol Takes Viewers Behind the Scenes, Exposing the Real and Dangerous Lives of Hispanic Undercover Informants

Dec 01, 2010, 11:00 ET from Discovery en Espanol

MIAMI, Dec. 1, 2010 /PRNewswire/ -- It is the winning formula of many of Hollywood's motion pictures, the undercover agent, who risks it all to bring criminals to justice.  These protagonists operate in secrecy, associating with dangerous elements in an effort to dismantle major criminal networks. 

Informantes (Informants), an upcoming original production by Discovery en Espanol, premiering Sunday, December 12 at 9 PM E/P, delves into the real-life cases of Hispanic men and women who expose themselves to the dangers of this undercover world.

Secret informants have been a central component in the investigation and capture of many notorious criminals in the U.S.  Nonetheless, in recent years it has become more common place to enlist Hispanics for this purpose.  This ground breaking original gives a voice to these informants who gamble it all to obtain favorable immigration status in the U.S.  Today, some of these same individuals claim that promises have not been honored, and in some cases are even facing deportation.

Through vivid testimonials and dramatizations, the documentary exposes the controversial stories of individuals who are living through this reality. The documentary also includes the opinions of government officials, immigration and DEA agents, lawyers and legislators to provide a balanced perspective to this growing practice and the issues that surround it.  Some of the leading cases that are featured include those of brother and sister Emilio and Analia Maya, Carla Deras and Ernesto Gamboa

  • Emilio and Analia Maya are siblings who agreed to work as informants in order to formalize their immigration status, embedding themselves inside the dangerous world of human traffickers. After two years of service, they were detained and are currently facing possible deportation.  
  • Carla Deras is facing a similar scenario. The work undertaken by this Salvadorian native allowed the dismantling of an important child trafficking ring. According to her declarations, she was to receive a visa in lieu of her services, one that never arrived.
  • One of the best known cases is that of Ernesto Gamboa, who worked with numerous government agencies. His involvement was central to the arrest of more than 90 individuals. After 14 years of service, he was sent to a detention center.

Informantes is an original production by Discovery en Espanol under the direction of Michela Giorelli, as executive producer and Irune Ariztoy, supervising producer, with the assistance of Pacha Films, under the direction of Guillermo Galdos and Luis del Valle

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