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date: 26 November 2020

Nuestra Familia

A Dictionary of Gangs

Bill Sanders

Nuestra Familia 

Spanish for ‘our family.’ A Latino/Hispanic prison gang based in Northern California that emerged in opposition to and are enemies of the Mexican Mafia, another Latino/Hispanic prison gang. They are referred to as ‘farmers’ due to the agricultural background of many members and their families. They are also referred to as norteneos, which is Spanish for northerners. They use the United Farm Workers symbol as their own. Nuestra Familia use the number 14 as a symbol, because the letter N is the 14th letter in the alphabet. Nuestra Familia is linked to Latino/Hispanic street gangs. These street gangs use the number 14 after their name to acknowledge affiliation to them. Nuestra Familia are largely located in California. They identify with the colour red.

Further reading:

C. Hunt, S. Riegel, T. Morales, and D. Waldorf, ‘Changes in prison culture: Prison gangs and the case of the “Pepsi Generation”’ (Social Problems, 1993).Find this resource: