Gangs, Youth and Demand Reduction: Protecting High-Risk Teens from Organized Crime

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Institute of the Americas
10111 N. Torrey Pines Rd., La Jolla, CA, 92037
United States

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This workshop focuses on the correlation between the use of controlled substances, youth violence and gang activity, as well as the impact of the sales of narcotics in supporting criminal gang operations.

During the week-long program, law enforcement officials, educators, treatment professionals, community leaders and journalists will study programs designed to reduce demand and keep youths from entering the criminal world. Participants will learn how gangs and cartels recruit and hold teenagers, as well as successful approaches in terms of education, community action and government support to keep adolescents from becoming lured into the world of organized crime.

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