Luis Cardona is the youth violence prevention coordinator for Montgomery County, MD. He was an adjunct professor at the Institute for Public Safety + Justice at the UDC. This former gang member + ex-offender turned his life around after being shot five times + losing his best friend to gang life. He is now a member of several task forces + advisory boards including: the Bi-County Gang taskforce, the National Advisory Board of Barrios Unidos + the National Advisory Board of the National Latino Fatherhood + Family Institute.
El Salvador continues to experience record lows in the homicide rate as a result of a truce between MS-13 + 18th Street, facilitated through former congressman Raul Mijango + Monsignor Fabio Colindres in March of 2012. . In October, the Transnational Advisory Group in Support of the Peace Process, released a report on their findings of the truce + its impact on both El Salvador + the US.