Media Advisory: ISU to host conference on Central American gangs

February 17 2006

Who: Indiana State University Department of Criminology, National Civil Police of El Salvador

What: Conference on Central American gangs

When: 9 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. Wednesday, February 22, 2006

Where: Hulman Memorial Student Union, Dede II (Fifth Street, just north of Chestnut Street, Terre Haute)

Why: In recent years, Central American youth gangs have begun to impact crime in many major cities in the United States, including Indianapolis. Carlos Ponce, director of the Center for Criminology and Police Sciences of the National Civil Police of El Salvador, will brief police and correctional officers attending the conference on activities of organizations such as Mara Salvatrucha (MS-13) and the 18th Street Gang. Ponce, who holds a master's degree in criminology from Indiana State, is currently involved in several research projects with the ISU Department of Criminology.

Representatives of the Indiana Department of Correction and Indianapolis/Marion County gang unit will also provide information on gangs currently operating in Indiana.


Note: Carlos Ponce and other conference participants, including Shannon Barton-Bellessa and Phillip Shon, assistant professors of criminology involved in research on Central American gangs, will be available for brief interviews during breaks in the conference at 10:30 a.m., noon and 2 p.m. Interviews may also be arranged in advance of the conference.

Contact: David Skelton, professor and interim chair, Indiana State University Department of Criminology, and director, Institute of Criminology, (812) 237-2196 or

Writer: Dave Taylor, media relations director, Indiana State University, (812) 237-3743 or

ISU Communications and Marketing: (812) 237-3773 or

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