A group of older boys, some of whom are gang members, joke around with a younger boy. Neighborhood children are often groomed for gang activity from the age of 6 or 7. At first they may be given small assignments — like buying snacks for gang members or monitoring who’s coming in and out of a neighborhood, says Ayuso. Bit by bit, he says, they graduate into bigger responsibilities.

A group of older boys, some of whom are gang members, joke around with a younger boy. Neighborhood children are often groomed for gang activity from the age of 6 or 7. At first they may be given small assignments — like buying snacks for gang members or monitoring who’s coming in and out of a neighborhood, says Ayuso. Bit by bit, he says, they graduate into bigger responsibiliti