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Session: Latino Youth Gangs and Issues
5120.0: Wednesday, November 08, 2006: 12:30 PM-2:00 PM
Latino Youth Gangs and Issues
Hispanics represent an estimated 13% of the US population (US Census Bureau, 2002), during the next three decades this population is expected to greatly increase and will impact many key areas of our society. As a result of the continuous growth in the Hispanic population throughout the United States, Hispanic gang membership is also increasing. The 2001 National Youth Gang Survey reported that 49 percent of all gang members were Hispanic/Latino, an increase of 2 percent from 1999 survey results. This rise in violence occurred because of many issues, including poverty, difficult neighborhood conditions, and immigration-related issues. Thus it is important to understand how Hispanic youth gangs are structured and elaborate prevention and treatment strategies that address Latino youth. This session is relevant to public health leaders interested in learning about Latino youth gang activity, gang prevention efforts, and drug use involvement by Latino youth members. The session is important to leaders in academia and public health professionals who want to learn more about strategies to prevent Latino youth gang involvement.
Learning Objectives: Learning Objectives: At the conclusion of the session, the participant in this session will be able to: 1. Understand Latino youth gang activity, 2. Identify the roles of key stakeholders in violence and gang prevention and healing efforts, 3. Learn about drug use among youth in Latino gangs.
Moderator(s):Carolina Guzman, MPH
Table 1Gang prevention and intervention: From analysis to action
Kate A. Garvey, MSW, Luis P. Cardona, J. Henry Montes, MPH
Table 2How to create a healing process for gang involved youth
Luis P. Cardona, J. Henry Montes, MPH, Kate A. Garvey, MSW
Table 3Understanding Latino Youth Gangs from MS 13 to 18th Street: A Growing Problem Confronting Our Communities
Cliff Akiyama, MA
Table 4An analysis of risk domains associated with drug transitions of active Latino gang members
Mario De La Rosa, PhD, Douglas Rugh, PhD, Christopher Rice, PhD, Patria Rojas, PhD
See individual abstracts for presenting author's disclosure statement and author's information.
Organized by:Latino Caucus
Endorsed by:Caucus on Refugee and Immigrant Health; HIV/AIDS; Maternal and Child Health; Public Health Education and Health Promotion; Social Work; Socialist Caucus

The 134th Annual Meeting & Exposition (November 4-8, 2006) of APHA