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Latino Daily News

Thursday February 3, 2011

Group in Colorado Helps Former Gang Members Remove Gang Tattoos

Group in Colorado Helps Former Gang Members Remove Gang Tattoos

Photo: Tattoo Removal

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A non-for profit Colorado Group called GRASP (Gang Rescue and Support Project) helps former gang members to have their gang tattoos professionally removed.

Laser removal of tattoos is a long and painful process. Without the aid of GRASP it would be too expensive for many to even consider.

The program had a rough start when it had to be abandoned in 2006 for lack of funding. Then in 2007 the GRASP Board of Directors reached into their own pockets to fund a new matching program with one member donating $5000.00.

Johnny Santos, who runs the tattoo-removal program for GRASP set out then to find a cooperating tattoo removal facility and met Ink-B-Gone. Ink-B-Gone gave a 76% discount to GRASP and agreed to remove gang tattoos from 40-50 people this year for $10,000.

Those who take part in the program are required to perform 15 hours of community service.

The program is now funded through federation grants and also counsels members who want to change their lives on how to break from the old way of life.