Thursday, April 02, 2015
Monday, May 12, 2014
By Kathleen Horan : Reporter, WNYC News
Brunilda Rivera has been on a mission to keep her 17-year-old son safe, ever since he was assaulted in a nearby park in February.
Friday, January 24, 2014
Central American nations had the highest per capita homicide rates in the world, mostly due to gang violence. But why has gang activity become endemic in the region? Photojournalist Donna De Cesare has been trying to answer that question since she began covering Central America during the civil wars of the 1980s, focusing especially on children and youths. She continued her photography project in Central American refugee communities in the United States in the 1990s and postwar Central America in the 2000s. In her book Unsettled/Desasosiego: Children in a World of Gangs, she documents a history of repression, violence, and trauma, in which gangs are as much a symptom as a cause of trauma.
Tuesday, January 21, 2014
The New York Times crime reporter talks about how YouTube videos are helping investigators track and prosecute gang-related crime.
Friday, January 17, 2014
In New York City, 30 percent of all shootings are tied to youth gang rivalries. There are over 300 street crews in the city, loosely affiliated gangs that battle mainly over turf. The rivalries often play out in rap videos made by the gangs and posted on YouTube. Those videos - and threats of violence in their lyrics - are being used as evidence by New York City police to make arrests. Brooke talks with WNYC reporter Kathleen Horan about this policing technique.
Wednesday, June 26, 2013
By Kathleen Horan : Reporter, WNYC News
Deandre Kelly grew up with Xavier Granville in the Beach 41st Street Houses in Far Rockaway - a cluster of public housing apartments along a desolate stretch of Queens near the shoreline. They began hanging out in elementary school, bonding over X-Box video games and basketball.
Tuesday, February 26, 2013
Monday, December 31, 2012
Luis Rodríguez tells of his journey from drug-abusing gang member to writer and activist. His memoir It Calls You Back: An Odyssey through Love, Addiction, Revolutions, and Healing tells the story of Rodríguez’s attempt to start over, at 18, after his final stint in jail and nearly a decade of gang life. He describes his challenges as a father, and his difficulty leaving violence, crime, and addiction behind.
Friday, December 28, 2012
By Mirela Iverac : Reporter, WNYC News
The number of children who came to the United States from Central America has significantly increased this year. Among them were two siblings who left El Salvador and found their way to Long Island.
Friday, October 12, 2012
The Treasury Department’s decision to declare the street gang MS-13, also known as Mara Salvatrucha, a transnational criminal organization could have a large impact on Long Island, where the gang has had a strong presence.
Tuesday, October 02, 2012
The New York Police Department is planning to double the size of its gang unit to 300 detectives to combat teen violence fueled by dares and insults traded on social media.
Thursday, August 30, 2012
Elgin James talks about writing and directing “Little Birds.” He’s also discus his journey from the foster care system to homeless teen to gang member to filmmaking. “Little Birds” is semi-autobiographical, and is about two 15-year-old girls who live on the shores of the Salton Sea and test the limits of their friendship when one follows the other in an escape to Los Angeles. The film is playing at the Angelika.
Thursday, August 02, 2012
By Jorteh Senah
Nineteen members of two East Harlem gangs have been indicted for selling crack cocaine in the vicinity of public housing.
Wednesday, May 30, 2012
By Ailsa Chang
Brooklyn prosecutors have indicted 14 members of the so-called Brower Boys, a Crown Heights street gang accused of a series of burglaries, assaults and robberies near Brower Park in Brooklyn.