How God used a stiff prison sentence and a church invitation to rescue me from a downward spiral of guns, drugs, and despair. Growing up as a Black American male in a rough Seattle neighborhood almost doomed my future. In many ways I was marked for failure. Even a violent early death. My mother, a nurse, worked long hours providing for my sister Angela and me after our father left us. Although he lived 10 blocks away, he was never active in our lives, financially or otherwise. My mother loved us and disciplined us, but I needed a strong and…

(UPDATED) Death toll passes 2,200 as Samaritan’s Purse field hospital opens in Les Cayes. LES CAYES, Haiti — A gang leader is offering a truce as well as help for communities in southwestern Haiti that were shattered by an earthquake, raising a glimmer of hope for relief operations that have been disrupted by the looting of aid trucks and other disorder. It remained to be seen whether anything would come from Sunday’s offer by Jimmy Cherizier, alias “Barbecue.” While he is a powerful crime boss, Cherizier is far from the only gang leader in Haiti, and widely spread social media…

In the poor area of Manenberg, the coronavirus crisis has brought both economic hardship and a break from violence as rival South African gangs team up to deliver food to struggling families.

COVID-19 has created new opportunities for organized crime in Latin America, as leadership vacuums give gangs a chance to strengthen control.