gang violence

Mike Balsamo / AP

A new $20 million initiative will target MS-13 in Brentwood, Long Island, with a plan to deter at-risk youth from joining the gang in the first place.

Frank Eltman / AP

The U.S. Justice Department has promoted a Long Island prosecutor to lead a national task force to combat MS-13. John Durham was praised for arresting “hundreds of MS-13 members” on Long Island and will take over the federal effort.

Evan Vucci / AP

President Donald Trump was on Long Island Wednesday to hold a roundtable discussion on the violent MS-13 gang, and to push his immigration policy.

Seth Wenig / AP

On Long Island, 17 alleged members of the MS-13 street gang have been indicted after a multi-agency, multi-state investigation into the gang’s activities. One of those indicted is the “highest level leader” of the gang in the Northeast.

Kevin P. Coughlin / Office of Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo

On Wednesday, Governor Andrew Cuomo, D-N.Y., said he will send state troopers into Suffolk County schools to help stamp out the MS-13 gang.