From street gangs to urban young associations.
Ecuador has managed to achieve one of the lower levels of violence and crime in Latin America.
This is the story of a little known success that happened in one of the toughest neighborhoods in Ecuador: the transformation of street gangs (Latin Kings, Ñetas, Masters and others) into urban young associations, with a resulting decrease in violence and crime.
The key was not police repression, but politics, the negotiation between the authorities and the different groups to cut off from violence through different educative and cultural programs, making those youngsters to keep their group identity.
This program, started more than 10 years ago, had some precedents in Barcelona, New York and Chicago. In all those cases it proved its success. So, nowadays, Ecuador has achieved the lowest ratings of violence and crime in all Latin America.