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ISBN: 9781459406254-03

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The Gang Mother

From: Gang Life


Monica, a forty-fiveyear-

old lesbian gang mother. Now clean after too many years of

injecting morphine and cocaine, she takes in young gang members

and cares for them. She was terrorized by a foster father

and attributes her sexual orientation to his sexual violence. She

founded her gang over twenty years ago and ran a gang house

for decades. Monica has a chaotic notion of “mothering.” She

tries her best to parent her own four children and over one dozen

grandchildren even though most are in foster care. Yet, almost all

of the young gang members she welcomes into her home are on

the run from foster and group homes.



Mark Totten

MARK TOTTEN is a professor of criminal justice at Humber College in Toronto whose research focuses on organized crime, corrections, sexual exploitation, human trafficking, mental health, violence, and gender identity. Over the past decade, he has collaborated with groups in Ontario and Western Canada in the development and evaluation of multi-year gang prevention, intervention, and suppression strategies.