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San Diego Gang Stories Retrospective

Feb. 17
These Days
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What's the gang world like in America's Finest City? For several months, KPBS reporter Ana Tintocalis has been compiling a series of reports that she calls San Diego Gang Stories. It explains local gangs through the eyes of the people who come in contact with them. For the next hour, we'll bring you a special report that incorporates this series of Gang Stories.

San Diego County Responds To Growing Link Between Childhood Trauma And Health

April 8
By Megan Burks
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As statewide conversations on childhood trauma grow, San Diego health, welfare and education leaders push service providers to get "trauma-informed."

The Scope Of San Diego's Gang Problem

April 2
By Megan Burks
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For a city whose gang problem pales in comparison to so-called gang capitals Los Angeles and Chicago, we sure have been talking about gangs a lot lately. Here's a primer on San Diego's gang landscape.

Bringing Legitimacy – And Money – to San Diego Street Outreach Workers

March 25
By Megan Burks
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Tasha Williamson, an activist and educator schooled in fighting gangs in Los Angeles, is using her street skills to battle gang violence in San Diego. She's one of dozens of street outreach workers new group License to Serve is working to organize and support.

‘At-Risk, Whatever That Means’: Who Actually Needs Gang Intervention

March 18
By Megan Burks
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A street outreach worker in San Diego says the term "at-risk" is too vague and too broadly applied — sometimes to the detriment of those truly in danger of becoming entrenched in gang life.

San Diego Police Helping End Gang Retaliation With Text Messages

March 17
By Megan Burks
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The San Diego Police Department shares real-time information on gang homicides so former gang members can work to stop retaliation — starting at the hospital.

In Southeastern San Diego, The Fine Line Between Gang Policing And Gang Behavior

March 3
By Megan Burks
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Some community members community have likened members of the San Diego Police Department's gang suppression unit to Stormtroopers or a gang itself.

San Diego Leaders Announce New Campaign To Combat Sex Trafficking

Jan. 30
By Susan Murphy
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San Diego leaders and law enforcement Thursday unveiled a new campaign to raise awareness and help combat the growing problem of sex trafficking.

San Diego Vows Human-Trafficking Crackdown

Jan. 30
By City News Service
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San Diego officials gathered Thursday to draw attention to a statewide campaign against the growing problem of human trafficking, a highly profitable underworld that enslaves its victims in prostitution and hard labor.

Sex Trafficking Overtakes Drugs As San Diego County Gang’s Top Cash Source

Jan. 27
By Amita Sharma
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According to FBI, San Diego’s rival street gangs have put aside their differences over turf and drugs, and struck up alliances to sell women and girls, some as young as 12.

Sex-Trafficking Prosecutions Spike In San Diego County

Jan. 10
By Amita Sharma
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San Diego County prosecutors filed nine sex-trafficking cases in 2009. Last year, that number rose to 43.

"Operation Corridor" Targets North County Gangs Tied To Mexican Mafia

Jan. 10
By Alison St John
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An investigation called “Operation Corridor” has charged 22 people in North County with engaging in drug trafficking and racketeering. Those indicted are accused of involvement with Mexican Mafia prison gangs.

How Does Someone Get Identified As A Gang Member In San Diego?

Dec. 11
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A recent report on street gangs finds there are more than 7,500 documented gang members in San Diego County, and their names go into a statewide database that some civil rights activists say may be flawed.

What's Behind San Diego's Gang Problem?

Dec. 6
By Megan Burks
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Local law enforcement say gangs have gotten worse in the last five years. Officers say it's due to prison realignment. Researchers say San Diego is behind the gang deterrence curve.

Report Shows Concerns Growing Over San Diego Street Gangs

Dec. 5
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A report released by the San Diego Association of Governments shows local officials are more concerned about gangs today than five years ago.

Careers For Mid-City Youth Sprout From Unlikely Place

Aug. 15
Bianca Bruno
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A nonprofit that helps youth find jobs after being arrested is drawing from the local food movement to teach responsibility.

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