History

On November 2, 1996 a group of youth from different neighborhoods came together in San Salvador, El Salvador to discuss methods and means of diminishing the violence that plagues too many of our lives and communities.  Out of this meeting the unique organization, Homies Unidos was born.

We reach out to youth in both the U.S. and Latin America, providing hope and opportunities.  Our programs in El Salvador include deportee assistance, education, job training, and community outreach.

Homies Unidos began our Los Angeles work in 1997.  Our local office is comprised primarily of Central American and other Latino youth who have renounced the violence in their lives.  Working in the Koreatown and Pico-Union areas, our members have dedicated their lives to creating alternatives to crime, drugs, and violence.

MISSION: Homies Unidos works to end violence and promote peace in our Central American communities through gang prevention; the promotion of human rights in immigrant communities and the empowerment of youth and families in El Salvador and Los Angeles to achieve their full potential in a just, safe and healthy society.

For more than fourteen years, Homies Unidos has been a catalyst for change, working to end violence and promote peace in our communities through gang prevention, the promotion of human rights in immigrant communities, and the empowerment of youth through positive alternatives to gang involvement and destructive behavior.

We are living proof that prevention works and that peace is possible.

Luis Romero and Ringo (R.I.P.) founding members of Homies Unidos in El Salvador

– photo by Barbara Grover

Marvin Novoa Escobar R.I.P. – One of the founding members of Homies Unidos in El Salvador.

– photo by Barbara Grover

Youth participate in Los Angeles Homies Unidos workshop. 1998.

– photo by Barbara Grover

Negro R.I.P. – One of the founding members of Homies Unidos, Hector Pineda in El Slavador with his daughter.

-– photo by Barbara Grover


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