Day of Dialogue: The Gangs of Long Island: Mythmaking, Policymaking and the Origins of MS-13v

Despite the sensationalist news coverage of MS-13 and Donald Trump’s harsh rhetoric about the infamous gang, lesser known is the larger story of how flawed U.S. and Central American policies and exploitative and unequal economic systems helped foster and sustain it as an organization. In this timely panel, we’ll hear from two of the leading voices on MS-13 and how it has impacted communities on Long Island, and on a national and international level.

Panel Discussion:
Steven Dudley
Investigative journalist and cofounder of InSight Crime, a think tank devoted to investigating organized crime and corruption in the Americas. He is the author of the just published book MS-13: The Making of America’s Most Notorious Gang.
Sergio Argueta
Among the most influential community activists on Long Island, he is the  founder and Board Chair of S.T.R.O.N.G. Youth, Inc. (Struggling To Reunite Our New Generation), one of the leading gang prevention and intervention agencies in the northeastern United States.

ModeratorMario A. Murillo
Professor, Vice Dean, The Lawrence Herbert School of Communication, Hofstra University

The Center for Civic Engagement presents Day of Dialogue: The State of the United States: Our Issues and Election 2020. In anticipation of the 2020 presidential election, Day of Dialogue invites conversation about issues important to a wide variety of communities. Many are considered through the perspective of specific problems and policies. The entire day will be hosted on Zoom, which makes each session convenient to attend. Please come and join the discussion. Let your voice be heard, while engaging others who think differently.


Date: October 28, 2020

Time2:55-4:20 p.m.

Location: virtual

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Wednesday, October 28, 2020



Hofstra University Virtual Event
Offered online
Hempstead, NY 11549-1000


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