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Tattoo Removal Program

What Is the Tattoo Removal Program?

The Tattoo Removal Program is designed to help teenagers and young adults make positive changes in their lives by removing symbols of past negative behaviors and actions associated with gang and drug activities. This program coordinates tattoo removal with mentoring and other social support services.

The Tattoo Removal Program is funded by Washington Hospital and it’s a joint effort of Washington, Alameda County Project New Start, Second Chance, and CURA.

Tattoos are removed using a laser process that breaks up the pigment of the tattoo, which causes the tattoo to fade over the course of several treatments. There is a topical anesthetic that can be used, but it does prolong the treatment.

Requirements

All applicants must be residents of Fremont, Newark, Union City, south Hayward, or unincorporated Sunol.

For those under 25 years of age:

  • Must have visible gang tattoos. Face, neck, ear, hands, lower arm, back, lower leg (female)
  • Must be in school, have a job or be in a job training program
  • Must perform 50 hours of community services at an approved location. Ten of these hours must be complete prior to the first laser tattoo removal treatment.
  • Must meet with a sponsor/mentor once a month. (Program assists with matching sponsor to participant). Mentor helps with career and life planning.
  • Must come into the program willingly. We do not take court mandatory referrals.
  • No monetary fee.

For those 25 years of age and older:

  • Must have visible gang tattoos. Face, neck, ear, hands, lower arm, back, lower leg (female)
  • Must be in school, have a job or be in a job training program
  • Must perform 25 hours of community services at an approved location. Ten of these hours must be complete prior to the first laser tattoo removal treatment.
  • Not required to have a sponsor or mentor.
  • Must come into the program willingly. We do not take court mandatory referrals.
  • No monetary fee.

For more information about the tattoo removal program, please call 510.494.7009.