For many young people, the lure of gang life can be difficult to resist. Gangs are bold, flashy, and unapologetic, and they offer opportunities for belonging to those who feel lost, abandoned, or forgotten. The promise of easy money through the drug trade is another factor that draws many to gangs, and the danger and [...]
The Mexican drug cartel group Los Zetas, or Zetas was founded in 1998 by 14 ex-Mexican soldiers. The group is now up around 10,000 members and has expanded rapidly in areas from the Texas border to the Rio Grande.
Discrimination results in many problems among youths. Academic achievement is often negatively influenced by the perception of discrimination, which may result in lower rates of school attendance. It also affects social networks in schools, with the perception of discrimination creating stronger lines along races among social groups.
“Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free…unless they are criminals, alcoholics, drug addicts, sick or really poor.” You may recognize the first part of that sentence as the most famous phrase from The New Colossus, the poem written by Emma Lazarus and etched on the Statue of Liberty over [...]
Drug violence appears to be growing in Tijuana. In one week in December 2009, more than 45 people were killed as drug violence escalated at the end of a nearly yearlong truce between rival crime bosses. The LA Times recently reported that many of the victims appear to be small-time drug dealers or young men [...]