About Gang & Youth Violence Intervention & Prevention
Although the City of Alexandria has experienced a relatively low amount of criminal activity by gang members, gangs are a considerable threat to the safety of any community. Gang Task Force members work to not only to suppress criminal gang activity, but also to prevent people from joining gangs. When necessary, interventions with individual gang members are performed in the attempt to offer alternative opportunities for the individual to separate from the gang and become a positive member of the community.
This website is intended to be a useful resource for our community. In the spirit of the comprehensive gang model that guides our mission, there is a role for every member of the community in order to successfully execute gang suppression, intervention and prevention.
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. For more resources, see WHERE TO GO FOR HELP.
Read the Summer 2016 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, male or female, U.S. citizens or foreign nationals. In January 2015, the Department of Education released a new guide for educators on ways to identify and help prevent child trafficking in schools. Human Trafficking in America's Schools is a free guide for school staff that includes information about risk factors, recruitment, and how to identify trafficking; what to do if you suspect trafficking, including sample school protocols and policies; and other resources and potential partnership opportunities. The Department has also partnered with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and President Lincoln's Cottage, a site of the National Trust for Historic Preservation, to sponsor a youth campaign focused on raising awareness about and preventing human trafficking.
- 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 youth. “The Big Lie” was produced in
collaboration with law enforcement and psychologists to expose the dark reality
of gangs preying upon 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 provide information on issues relevant to today’s youth, and include
subjects ranging from careers and volunteerism to education and youth well-being.
- Did You Know???
Important information about gang crimes, properties used in gang crimes, and other gang related matters.