Robert Vilchez shared this information on the Gang Prevention Program from an article and video from Voice of America:
ARLINGTON, Va. – Federal law enforcement officials say criminal gangs are on the rise, with more than 33,000 now operating across the country and committing more than 50 percent of all violent crime. But in one community outside Washington, gang activity is down.
The annual Arlington County Gang Task Force soccer tournament is one part of a broad strategy to steer teens away from gangs in the Virginia suburbs of Washington.
“I believe that no county, no town, is immune from this gang problem. And every child is at risk, some kids are higher risk than others,” said Robert Vilchez, the Gang Task Force coordinator for the county.
See the full article and video at: http://www.voanews.com/content/gang-washington-dc-latin-us/1213164.html