The Girl Gangs of El Salvador

Women in El Salvador are raped and murdered at an alarming rate. To protect themselves from violence, more and more young women are joining gangs. This article by Lauren Markham (#78) follows Elena and her journey in and out of a gang. Along the way, learn about the history of Salvadoran gangs and why they’re so powerful. If you enjoy Ms. Markham’s direct prose, check out her new book, The Far Away Brothers, which chronicles Salvadoran twins who migrate to the Bay Area. (30 mins)


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