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In Panama, Ex-Gang Members Lead Tours of Former Danger Zones

Mark Chesnut | Posted 12.10.2014 | Travel
Mark Chesnut

Jafet Glissant was 14 years old when he joined Ciudad de Dios, a gang named after Cidade de Deus, the Brazilian film about street gangs in Rio de Janeiro. Today, he's a tour guide with Fortaleza Tours.

Learning to Love What You Have

Marian Wright Edelman | Posted 11.21.2014 | Politics
Marian Wright Edelman

In a season focused on gratitude, 17-year-old Monica Chica has an attitude about choosing to be grateful that's wise far beyond her years: "The most important lesson I learned is that being happy is not about having with you what you loved in the past, but learning to love what you have in the present."

Illinois' Split Government Might Just Work

Matthew Dietrich | Posted 11.17.2014 | Chicago
Matthew Dietrich

While Illinois House Speaker Rep. Michael Madigan can seem like a formidable figure in state politics, Rich Miller of Capitol Fax believes that he and Republican Gov.-elect Bruce Rauner can work together to govern competently.

Why They Come: The Real Reason for the Surge of Unaccompanied Children in the United States

Andrew Tucker Avorn | Posted 10.30.2014 | Politics
Andrew Tucker Avorn

Claiming that the main motivation of the children who flee the Northern Triangle is anything other than violence and danger is worse than false, because such claims try to absolve Americans of the responsibility for solving the crisis.

In Praise of Mark Krikorian's Honesty: Let the Child Migrants Die

Laura Murray-Tjan | Posted 10.30.2014 | Politics
Laura Murray-Tjan

As political leaders debate whom to blame for the surge of child migrants, most agree on one goal: deporting the children as quickly as possible. Yet few advocates of their removal are willing to state on the record that the children's death is a strong possibility.

Our Duty to the Children at the Border

Constance L. Rice | Posted 10.22.2014 | Politics
Constance L. Rice

We endangered these kids and now owe them safe harbor from the danger that we helped to create.

Not all Gang Members Created Equal

David Rothenberg | Posted 10.07.2014 | Crime
David Rothenberg

In June the Manhattan district attorney and the New York City police commissioner garnered significant media attention after a pre-dawn raid resulted in the indictment of more than 100 gang members in Harlem. But what happens after the headlines fade away?

Roque Planas

'It's Really Difficult Being Undocumented In This Country, Trying To Do Good'

HuffingtonPost.com | Roque Planas | Posted 07.30.2014 | Latino Voices

The child migrant crisis on the border has pushed many in the U.S. to consider the complex history that has led to this point. Alex Sánchez's life st...

G'head, Do the Gangs a Favor, Deport the Kids to Central America

Marco Cáceres | Posted 09.24.2014 | World
Marco Cáceres

The gangs continue growing in numbers because of the relative powerlessness of the authorities in Central America. The police are outgunned and easily corrupted, while the judges and politicians are effortlessly cowed.

The Story of Exodus (... the One From Central America)

Marco Cáceres | Posted 09.22.2014 | World
Marco Cáceres

Once upon a time, there was a great and powerful country to the north. The country was having problems with foreigners who had illegally crossed its borders and formed gangs to defend themselves against local, more established gangs.

For the Love of Classroom Tech

Todd Felderstein | Posted 09.21.2014 | Education
Todd Felderstein

As today's science affects our lifestyles exponentially, many districts now have line items in their budgets that reflect the changing landscape of high-tech learning. Is it justified? Will students continue to learn using yesterday's methods in preparation for a wireless, paperless future? Can they?

Honduras: A Nation of Refugees

Marco Cáceres | Posted 09.09.2014 | World
Marco Cáceres

Gaining refugee status would be good news for the migrants, because it would mean they would not automatically be deported to their home countries. Instead, they would receive international protection.

Breaking the Code of Silence

Marian Wright Edelman | Posted 09.02.2014 | Politics
Marian Wright Edelman

Michael Patrick MacDonald is a storyteller. Michael recently encouraged the crowd of young leaders at the Children's Defense Fund Freedom Schools' National Training to understand the power of storytelling to create change.

The Tools for Change: This Week in Daily Giving

Ari Nessel | Posted 08.27.2014 | Impact
Ari Nessel

In 2013, I began giving a seed grant every single day of the year to a social change visionary with a practical plan to make their community and the w...

Teen Who Spoke Out Against Violence Killed In Gunfight

AP | Posted 08.25.2014 | Crime

FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. (AP) — A North Carolina teenager who spoke out against gun violence has been killed in a gunfight between two gangs. The Fayette...

California's Best Answer to Prison Overcrowding

Jens Erik Gould | Posted 07.21.2014 | Politics
Jens Erik Gould

The state's recidivism rate -- the percentage of individuals released from prison who are incarcerated again within three years -- was 61 percent last year.

El Salvador: New Government, New Opportunity for Peace?

Sarah Stephens | Posted 07.16.2014 | World
Sarah Stephens

On June 1st, El Salvador's former insurgents, the FMLN, will see its candidate, President-Elect Sánchez Cerén, sworn into office following a peaceful transition. But, he will immediately face a deeply difficult problem.

Will Courthouse Security Upgrades Actually Stop Violence?

AP | GENE JOHNSON and BRADY McCOMBS | Posted 04.22.2014 | Crime

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — When Utah's new federal courthouse opened last week, it came with security improvements that are becoming standard around the ...

Letters to Live By

Rodrigo Ribera D'Ebre | Posted 06.16.2014 | Arts
Rodrigo Ribera D'Ebre

If you ever run into Big Sleeps on the mean streets of Los Angeles, you might be somewhat intimidated. He specializes in regional cholo lettering, a Los Angeles nativist tradition with its roots in gang culture dating back to the 1940s.

Did The Bloods Have A Hand In Kidnapping A Dad For 5 Days?

AP | KATE BRUMBACK | Posted 06.15.2014 | Crime

ATLANTA (AP) — A federal prosecutor said agents were still looking for more suspects in the abduction of a North Carolina prosecutor's father as a j...

Black Beyond a Reasonable Doubt: The Case of DeSean Jackson

Dr. David J. Leonard | Posted 06.11.2014 | Black Voices
Dr. David J. Leonard

This is bigger than DeSean Jackson or the NFL. In a nation where black youth are routinely stopped and frisked because they "fit a profile," what happens to DeSean Jackson matters.

Do We Have a Gang Problem or a Gun Problem?

Evan DeFilippis | Posted 06.03.2014 | Politics
Evan DeFilippis

Gun advocates' blind focus on gangs, drugs and violent felons overlooks the larger gun problem facing America.

A Bone to Pick About Animal Protection Legislation

Abigail Perdue | Posted 05.20.2014 | Crime
Abigail Perdue

On March 14, 2014, South Dakota became the 50th state to enact a felony provision for animal cruelty. Although the enactment of new anti-cruelty measures in South Dakota is a step in the right direction, more remains to be done.

Perseverance: An Evolution of Japanese Tattoos (NSFW)

Rodrigo Ribera D'Ebre | Posted 05.13.2014 | Arts
Rodrigo Ribera D'Ebre

As tattoos become more mainstream and acceptable in modern society, so does the importance to understand the rich tradition, training, craftsmanship, discipline, scholarship, and trajectory of the art form.

The Leading Edge of Peace: Our Evolutionary Path Forward

Matthew Albracht | Posted 05.12.2014 | Impact
Matthew Albracht

If this burgeoning field of peacebuilding is to reach full potential, we must help catalyze and galvanize a movement behind it and create much stronger systems and infrastructure to support it.