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NCJ Number: 211192 Add to Shopping cart Find in a Library
Title: The Other Family: How Gangs Impact Latino Families and Communities
Corporate Author: HACER (Hispanic Advocacy and Community Empowerment through Research)
United States of America
Date Published: 2005
Page Count: 66
Sponsoring Agency: HACER (Hispanic Advocacy and Community Empowerment through Research)
Minneapolis, MN 55455
Sale Source: HACER (Hispanic Advocacy and Community Empowerment through Research)
330 HHH Center, 301 19th Avenue, South
Minneapolis, MN 55455
United States of America
Type: Report (Study/Research)
Format: Document
Language: English; Spanish
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This report explores how gangs affect Latino communities in Minnesota.
Abstract: While gangs are not an element of Latino culture, gang involvement has become a significant problem in Latino communities in the United States, with a 1998 National Youth Gang Survey reporting that Hispanics/Latinos comprised the majority of gang members nationwide. This report pulls together multiple voices from a broad cross-section of individuals (youths, teachers, small business owners, and policymakers) all of whom are Latino or have strong ties to the Latinos communities in Minnesota and all of whom acted as key informants on gang issues. The focus of the report was to learn why young people join gangs, what their experiences of gangs entail, and how others can learn from those experiences. The findings revealed that among the Latino youth, gangs were part of the everyday life experience in Minnesota yet their parents were perceived as either unwilling or unable to interfere in the gang problem. The report provides both adult and youth perspectives of why kids join gangs and dissects the distance that gang involvement creates between youths and their families, schools, and wider communities. Finally, the report offers perspectives on the roles that policymakers, police, schools, community organizations, parents, and youth have in gang prevention. Tables, boxes, footnotes, appendixes, references
Main Term(s): Hispanic gangs; Juvenile/Youth Gangs
Index Term(s): Gang Prevention; Minnesota; Personal interviews
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