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Gangs in Virginia:  Resources and Information for Citizens of the Commonwealth

Statewide Resources

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Law Enforcement is an important component in the fight against gangs.  The links below can provide valuable assistance if you notice, or are concerned about gang activity rising in your area:  

Police Departments by City/County

Local Government Offices by City/County

Commonwealth's Attorneys' Services Council

Virginia Department of Criminal Justice Services

Virginia Office of Public Safety

Virginia Association of Chiefs of Police

Virginia State Police

Virginia Department of Corrections

Mid-Atlantic Region Gang Investigators Network (MARGIN)

Virginia Gang Investigators Association (VGIA)

*These resources are not operated or endorsed by the Office of the Attorney General, and serve only as helpful information for reference purposes.  We are not responsible for their content.

Community Resources are a vital part of keeping Virginia’s youth safe.  Most parents are not around their children 24 hours a day, and it is important to provide children with activities, which supply them with the care and attention they need, instead of allowing their idleness to become prey for gangs.  The resources below are National and Statewide community resources that may be available in your area.

4H Youth Development

Badges for Baseball

Boys and Girls Club

Boy Scouts of America

Communities in Schools

Department of Health- Youth Violence Prevention

Gang Resistance Education And Training (G.R.E.A.T.)

Girl Scouts of America

Virginia's Office for Substance Abuse Prevention

I Have a Dream Foundation

Intercept Youth Services

Mentor Youth

Midnight Basketball

National Gang Center

National Youth Violence Prevention Resource Center

Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP)

Virginia Mentoring Partnership

YMCA

Youth Mentoring Connection

*These resources are not operated or endorsed by the Office of the Attorney General, and serve only as helpful information for reference purposes.  We are not responsible for their content.

As always, our Office is here to help: to schedule a gang awareness training session in your area, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
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Gangs in Virginia:  Resources and Information for Citizens of the Commonwealth

Click below to view the trailer for The Big Lie: Unmasking the Truth Behind Gangs

The Big Lie: Unmasking the Truth Behind Gangs - Trailer

What is ‘The Big Lie: Unmasking the Truth Behind Gangs’

As a follow up to the success of Virginia’s first anti-gang video, ‘The Wrong Family,’ the Office of the Attorney General identified a need to create a video for kids.  After careful collaboration with law enforcement and psychologists, ‘The Big Lie’ was produced to expose the dark reality of gangs preying upon our children through lies and manipulation.  The video is a frank and unscripted documentary and presents an extraordinary opportunity for pre- and early teens to learn about the false promises gang members make to lure them into their ranks.  The video features gang members, law enforcement, and children who speak directly to the audience about gang recruiting methods, specific ways kids can avoid joining a gang, and most importantly, lifestyle choices to help them stay away from gangs.  Educating our youth about the ugly truth behind gangs and ways to stay away from gang life, gives them the tools necessary to make positive choices. 

Click here to view The Big Lie: Unmasking the Truth Behind Gangs

To request a copy of the DVD, click here.

Web Vignettes

'The Big Lie' features several important messages for kids and parents. The following vignettes highlight some of the overarching themes in the video.

Resources

For parents and communities, education is a critical component to preventing gangs from thriving around the Commonwealth.  Confronting the reality of criminal street gangs “head on” and providing parents, school officials, and citizen groups with the tools they need to understand the problem, is the first step in the fight against gangs.  Only when we present a united educated front against gangs will we ensure a bright future for our children.

 

 

 

 

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Human Trafficking - Resources


If you are a victim of human trafficking or suspect someone you know if a victim, contact the National Human Trafficking Resource Center at 1-888-3737-888.  This 24/7 toll-free hotline can help!  Human Trafficking Pamphlet

Or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

For more information about human trafficking, and for more resources (like the flyer to the right), visit the Polaris Project web site.  

Human Trafficking Pamphlet

For more information about human trafficking in Virginia, nationally, and internationally, visit the web sites below:

Non-profit links:

** These resources are not operated or endorsed by the Office of the Attorney General, and serve only as helpful information for reference purposes.  We are not responsible for their content.

 

human trafficking hotline - 1-888-373-7888 24 hours, 7 days a week

 

 

 

 

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Laws Against Human Trafficking

As human trafficking is a local to international issue, jurisdictions must be willing to cooperate to vigorously investigate, prosecute, and sentence criminals, as well as rehabilitate and assist victims. 

Click here to view a comprehensive list of Virginia’s human trafficking laws.

The federal government is also working to put an end to trafficking.

To view federal laws regarding human trafficking, click here. 

The Office of the Attorney General is committed to combating human trafficking in Virginia.  Along with supporting legislation to increase the penalties for traffickers, the office participates in several federal, state, and local human trafficking workgroups and task forces.   In 2011, the office partnered with the Department of Criminal Justice Services (DCJS) to train prosecutors, law enforcement, and victim-witness coordinators from jurisdictions across Virginia how to investigate and prosecute human trafficking under Virginia law.  This training was the first of its kind in Virginia. 

Check the DCJS web site for upcoming regional human trafficking trainings. 

 

human trafficking hotline- 1-888-373-7888 24 hours, 7 days a week