MS-13’s increasing presence in the 6th District has contributed to a growing drug and crime problem in the region.  We must ensure law enforcement and first responders, who are often on the front lines, have the appropriate tools and resources necessary to keep our streets, communities, and families safe and drug-free. Strong families and support networks go a long way in helping young people develop a healthy sense of identity and belonging.  Families, young people and communities also need support in developing and identifying meaningful alternatives to gang involvement.