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  • Between Borders: American Migrant Crisis

    Each week, hundreds of young people—teenagers and children—attempt to flee the gang warfare that has gripped large swaths of Central America, heading north, crossing thousands of miles in hopes of obtaining asylum or settling with relatives in the United States. From October 2013 through July of this year, nearly 80,000 unaccompanied minors arrived at our southern border. In this powerful documentary for The New York Times, Pulitzer Center grantees Brent and Craig Renaud trace the journey from the violent streets of San Pedro Sula, Honduras through Guatemala and across the Suchiate River aboard flimsy rafts to Mexico. From there, some try to hop “the Beast”—a slow-moving freight train. Others hitchhike or simply make the long trek on foot. No matter the method they choose, the risk of arrest by authorities, abuse by human traffickers or abduction by drug cartels is a constant danger. As the debate on immigration takes center stage in the Republican presidential primary campaign, the Renaud brothers look at the causes and conditions that compel children to stake their lives on this dangerous journey. “Between Borders: American Migrant Crisis” shows us the reality of the so-called “illegals” who seek safe shelter in America.
  • When Moody Ruled

    The story analyzed a gang war between the 51st Street Crips and Third Wall Bloods from 1997 through 2001. It recounts how Bloods and Crips came to Kansas City from Los Angeles and morphed into Kansas City sets broken up by neighborhood. Numerous sources identified a teenager named Steven "Moody" Wright as the most violent leader. His brutality was unprecedented. After Moody went to jail, a new war for control broke out and took the lives of children.
  • Rural Gangs Series

    This investigation showed the spread of big-city gang activity into rural areas and small towns. After 9/11, many local anti-gang units were cut in favor of counter-terrorism forces. Consequently, gangs are growing and there is little resistance. The investigation focuses specifically on gang activity in Durham, North Carolina.
  • Getting Away with Murder

    A six-month investigation by CBC News revealed that "65 young men were killed in a gang war that started in 1990 and was escalating." Until then, police had said there were 50 gang-related murders, most of them unsolved. By building a database, CBC News discovered that many of the killings were linked "in a complex web of revenge, retaliation and contract killings."
  • East Side Story

    This article examines the life of two rival gangs. Engardio writes about the life members of the gang live and takes an inside look into gang war.
  • Winning a Gang War

    Newsweek's Chicago bureau chief "reconstructs the entire seven-year (law enforcement) effort to demolish the biggest drug gang in the United States, the Gangster Disciples, who at their most powerful had 50,000 members in 35 states."
  • "We Get All Hyped Up. We Do a Drive-By": A report from the front lines of the San Antonio gang wars

    Texas Monthly investigates the rugged life of San Antonio gang members, and shows the deadly life that so many youths are drawn into.
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    Village Voice exposes the Mafia ties of two New York mechanics who rose to become millionaires; the prominent automobile dealers have been able to shield their mob connections even as they've financed gang wars, loaded payrolls with no-show jobs for mobsters and cut mobsters into business deals, August 9, 1994.