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‘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

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

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

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

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.

Retiring Assistant Police Chief Reflects On Race, Gangs And The Budget

July 30
By Megan Burks
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Lawrence McKinney, one of three black officers to take a top post at the San Diego Police Department, retires Thursday. He reflects on the headway made on race relations in the mid-city community.

New San Diego County Shelter Aids Young Victims Of Sex Trafficking

July 1
By Amita Sharma

New four-bed shelter offers girls therapy, academics and "life skills."

Gang Violence In San Diego's North County - What's Being Done?

March 28
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Gang violence is an ongoing problem in the North County with nearly two dozen gangs claiming turf along the Highway 78 corridor.