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Removing Tattoos Gives Former Gang Members A New Start

Former gang member Juan says he wants his tattoos gone because he wants to live a normal life and forget his past. (Armando Trull/WAMU)
Former gang member Juan says he wants his tattoos gone because he wants to live a normal life and forget his past. (Armando Trull/WAMU)

The pull of gang life is strong for some young Central American immigrants new to the U.S. Gangs can offer a much-desired sense of security and family. But leaving a gang is often difficult and dangerous.

Armando Trull (@trulldc) from Here & Now contributor WAMU reports on a program that’s helping former gang members start anew, in part by erasing the tattoos that kept them bonded to their past.

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