Gang & Youth Violence Prevention & Intervention
The City of Alexandria is supportive and serious about preventing violence and gang involvement. In fact, all local governments in the Washington, D.C., metropolitan region are working together to address these issues. Although the City of Alexandria has experienced a relatively low amount of criminal activity by gang members, gangs are a reality for any municipality to address; not only to suppress criminal gang activity, but to prevent people from joining gangs in the first place and to intervene with actual gang members, helping them to end their association.
This website is intended to be a useful resource for our community and, as you will see, there is something for everyone; whether you are a young person looking for a job or an activity, a parent looking for some tips or support, a staff member looking for resources for a client or an interested community resident looking for information or mentoring opportunities.
Read on to learn about the teamwork of the Northern Virginia Regional Gang Task Force, the Alexandria Senior Policy Work Group on Gangs and the Alexandria Gang Prevention Community Task Force. See Summit and Community Involvement and the list of numbers and resources in WHERE TO GO FOR HELP and more!
Thanks for visiting and please check back for future updates!
- Read the Spring 2014 issue of the Alexandria Gang Prevention Community Task Force newsletter.
- Human Trafficking of Children in the United States: A Fact Sheet for Schools
An unknown number of U.S. citizens and legal residents are trafficked within the country for sexual servitude and forced labor. Contrary to a common assumption, human trafficking is not just a problem in other countries. Cases of human trafficking have been reported in all 50 states, Washington D.C., and the U.S. territories. Victims of human trafficking can be children or adults, U.S. citizens or foreign nationals, male or female.
- Prevención de la explotación sexual de menores
Las palabras explotación evocan una cantidad de reacciones y sentimientos. Quizás una de las más devastadores es el silencio, nuestra incapacidad o falta de disposición como sociedad a hablar de este problema horrendo.
- Computer CORE is now accepting applications! Classes last for 6 months, and provide computer skills to those who attend. Click here for information on application process, locations and contact information.
- As a follow up to the success of Virginia's first anti-gang video, 'The Wrong Family,' the Office of the Attorney General identified a need to create a video for kids. After careful collaboration with law enforcement and psychologists, 'The Big Lie' was produced to expose the dark reality of gangs preying upon our children through lies and manipulation. The video is a frank and unscripted documentary and presents an extraordinary opportunity for pre- and early teens to learn about the false promises gang members make to lure them into their ranks. The video features gang members, law enforcement, and children who speak directly to the audience about gang recruiting methods, specific ways kids can avoid joining a gang, and most importantly, lifestyle choices to help them stay away from gangs. Check out 'The Big Lie: Unmasking the Truth Behind Gangs' here: in English and in Spanish.
- Youth Topics is a service of the Center for Children and Families, Department of Community and Human Services, City of Alexandria. Youth Topics is posted online here.
- Did You Know???
Important information about gang crimes, properties used in gang crimes, and other gang related matters.
- Resource Guide for Children, Youth & Families
The Resource Guide for Alexandria's Children, Youth & Families is an inventory of resources that promote youth well-being in the City of Alexandria, Virginia. The Guide is a tool that acquaints parents, youth, and service providers with an array of educational, health, social service, and recreation opportunities provided by City, non-profit, and community organizations.
- Gang Prevention Brochure
Resources for gang prevention information and support in your area of Northern Virginia.
See program brochure