Chicago’s Twin Maladies: Youth Violence and Unemployment

Many have come to view the rampant violence in low-income neighborhoods as a consequence of the city’s failure to invest in those who live there. There aren’t enough jobs, and the young people vying for them are unprepared because of gaps in schooling and upbringing. One advocate says violence and youth joblessness are “tragically intertwined.”

Fear Of Drug Violence On U.S.-Mexico Border After Guzman’s Capture

With Mexico beginning the process of extraditing Joaquín “El Chapo” Guzmán to the U.S., how will the notorious drug kingpin’s recapture impact the region’s drug trade? After Guzman was recaptured last Friday, his fate, and the drug empire controlled by his Sinaloa cartel, hangs in the balance, Shannon O'Neil, a senior fellow for Latin America Studies and the director of the Civil Society, Markets, and Democracy Program at the Council on Foreign Relations, tells the Texas Tribune. “Whenever we've seen a leader taken out, the waves of disruptions that follow are often quite violent as others try to poach the territory or (because of) fighting within the Sinaloa cartel,” O’Neil said. “There is a likelihood that that could happen.” From 2008 to 2011, Guzmán's group was partly responsible for the killings of thousands of people in Ciudad Juárez, across the Rio Grande from El Paso, as it fought the Juárez Cartel for control of the drug corridors that extend into Texas and beyond.

Young Immigrants: 'Targets of Violence'

Jennifer, a junior at Watkins Mill High School in Gaithersburg, Md., says that despite her school's rainbow of races and ethnicities, there's one barrier that has had troubling consequences. “There's the Americanized kids, whether they're Hispanics, or blacks or white, and then there's the newly arrived kids from Central America,” she says. The Central American students, many of whom arrived illegally and alone in the United States after fleeing gangs in some of the most dangerous countries in the world, have escaped serious threats in their homeland only to encounter new ones: bullying and violence. These students aren't the only ones who have felt the effects. Fears expressed by parents and educators have led to an increased police presence at Jennifer's school.

Baltimore Violence Continues At Torrid Pace As Residents Settle Scores

With 294 homicides, Baltimore likely will surpass 300 homicides this year for the first time since 1999. At the end of October, homicides were up 55 percent citywide year over year, and nonfatal shootings were up 76 percent, says the Baltimore Sun. “There is an idea somewhere out on the street that this amount of violence is perhaps an ideal or opportune time for someone with a score to settle to take advantage of this time and settle that score,” said Police Commissioner Kevin Davis. Dr. Thomas Scalea, physician-in-chief at the Maryland Shock Trauma Center downtown says, “The opportunity to go tell some mom her kid’s not coming home is right at the top of the list of bad things that I get to do … “It takes a toll on the doctors, it takes a toll on the nurses, it takes a toll on the rest of the staff, it takes a toll on the chaplains and all of the people who try to help us through these things…”