COHA Presents Dr. Francisco Acosta’s “Priests, Hookers, and Guns: Tales from Cuscatlán”

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The Council on Hemispheric Affairs (COHA) is proud to announce the completion of the English edition of Dr. Francisco Acosta’s autobiography, Priests, Hookers, and Guns: Tales from Cuscatlán.   Acosta, who currently serves as a COHA Senior Research Fellow, is a prominent member of Washington’s metropolitan Latino community.  He has served as the President of CASA Maryland and took part in the negotiations in Washington that ultimately terminated the Salvadoran Civil War.  In addition to such activism within the United States, Acosta founded the Bishop Oscar Romero University in Chalatenango, El Salvador.

Priests, Hookers, and Guns: Tales from Cuscatlán is a highly emotional and humorous account of Acosta’s life on El Salvador’s Guazapa Volcano.  This captivating series of vignettes catalogues more than three decades of Salvadoran history, ending with the outbreak of the Salvadoran Civil War in the early 1980s.  A delightful mix of historical analysis and personal anecdote, this compelling work truly captures the inspirational as well as the horrific moments in recent Salvadoran history.

The Spanish edition of Priests, Hookers, and Guns: Tales from Cuscatlán will be published by the University of Central America in the fall of 2011 and will be presented at the Salvadoran Embassy in Washington, D.C on October 5th at 6pm. The English edition of Priests, Hookers, and Guns: Tales from Cuscatlán is still seeking representation in the United States.  COHA will release further information upon publication.

For more information on Priests, Hookers, and Guns: Tales from Cuscatlán, please contact Jennifer Nerby at or (202) 223 4975.