The Trinitarios or 3ni are a violent New York-based multinational organization composed of Dominicans. The name Trinitarios comes from three main Dominican revolutionaries that established an independent Dominican Republic from Haitian rule in 1844: Duarte (Juan Pablo Duarte), Sanchez (Francisco del Rosario Sánchez), and Mella (Matías Ramón Mella),[1] Trinitario was established in 1989 within the New York State prison system[2] and has since spilled into the streets, with chapters in all five boroughs of New York City. Reports of Trinitario activity have also been made in several US states, Spain, and the Dominican Republic. It is considered one of the fastest-growing gangs in New York, recruiting members from high schools local to the gang's area of activity, with the highest numbers of reports coming from Chelsea, Gramercy Park, Harlem, Inwood, the Morris Heights section of the Bronx and Washington Heights.[3] Their slogan is "Dios, Patria, y Libertad" (the official motto of the Dominican Republic), which means "God, Fatherland (or Homeland), and Liberty (or Freedom)". Their colors are red, blue, white (the colors of the Dominican Republic flag), and (most significantly) lime green.

Locations and membership

One of the largest street gangs in New york city and New Jersey. Reports of Trinitarios have been made in other states like Georgia, Massachusetts, Rhode Island and Pennsylvania. Also growing group in Maryland and Washington D.C[4] They like to wear New York Yankees and New York Jets gear.


  1. ^ "Drug Trafficking Organizations - New York/New Jersey High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area Drug Market Analysis 2008 (UNCLASSIFIED)". Usdoj.gov. Retrieved 2009-12-31. 
  2. ^ https://www.fbi.gov/publications/ngta2009.pdf
  3. ^ Messing, Philip (2008-01-14). "Schools' Gang Scourge". NYPOST.com. Retrieved 2009-12-31. 
  4. ^ "2011 National Gang Threat Assessment". National Gang Intelligence Center. 2011. Retrieved 11 May 2016. 

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