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Former gang member who uses the nickname 'Jose Aleman,' 34, wears a Homeboy Industries tee shirt, while posing for a photo on a street in East Los Angeles, California, 23 March, 2005. Homeboy Industries is an organization trying to foster new lives for gang members.
The Los Angeles gang intervention and job training agency Homeboy Industries laid off 300 workers yesterday due to financial constraints. Started by Jesuit priest Gregory Boyle over 20 years ago, the organization has offered former gang members counseling services, job training, and tattoo removal, as well as employment in its own bakery and café, maintenance services, and a silkscreen shop. Larry Mantle talks with Father Boyle about the current situation for Homeboy Industries and what lies ahead for its programs.
Father Greg Boyle, Jesuit Priest and Director of Homeboy Industries