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Former gang member Vasquez to present talk ‘Gangs, Choices and Consequences’ Jan. 27 at ISU

Posted January 20, 2010

Former gang member Peter Vasquez will present the talk “Gangs, Choices and Consequences” at 7 p.m. Jan. 27 in the Idaho State University Pond Student Union Wood River Room.

Vasquez’s talk is part of Idaho State University Human Rights Celebration 2010.

Peter VasquezA former gang member, Vasquez spent more than 10 years in California’s juvenile and adult correctional institutions. He has turned his life around and now reaches out to others who are still caught in his former lifestyle. Vasquez targets at-risk juveniles and adults involved in gangs, drugs and alcohol abuse, and criminal lifestyles.

Vasquez is an expert in the workings of both street and prison gangs, with “real world” knowledge gained from his own life experiences. He now works successfully with active gang members, motivating them to make life changes and providing exit strategies for leaving gangs and self-destructive lifestyles, and transitioning to become productive members of society.

He serves as a consultant to community organizations, schools, parents and the general population. He founded and operates Idaho’s only tattoo removal program as part of his non-profit organization “Second Chance Grace.” He is currently producing a documentary revealing the proliferation and nature of gang activity in the Northwest, but also offering hope and answers for addicts, gang members, and ultimately the communities in which they live.

For more information, contact Anthony Martinez, special projects coordinator, ISU Division of Student Affairs, (208) 220-1215 or martant2@isu.edu.