Educate and raise awareness of the growing phenomenon of street gangs
The street gang phenomenon preoccupies the general population as well as those who work in the judicial system (police officers and prosecutors), correctional facilities and youth centres. Although many people are concerned by the phenomenon, our knowledge of the matter is relatively limited (Report ‘Le phénomène des gangs de rue au Québec, 2009’ from the Gouvernement du Québec).
In addition, youth membership to street gangs is becoming more alarming in the country. Poverty and social disorganization are the two main contexts in which gangs emerge, and the young people who join them are usually in need of the status and recognition they offer (Jeunesse et gangs de rue Phase I, Jacques Hébert, Sylvie Hamel and Ginette Jacinthe Savoie).
In order to inform youth, prevent their joining of street gangs and promote disaffiliation for those who are already members, the Organization for the Protection of Children’s Rights (O.P.C.R.) is proud to support the book entitled Youth and Street Gangs, launched by TheoDone Publisher. The O.P.C.R. aims to distribute this book to students, parents and those who work with them so that as many people as possible have access to it, which will stop the propagation of street gangs. For more information on this book, click here.