In recent years, violence in Honduras has reached “unprecedented levels,” and it has become one of the most violent places in the world. Violence affects Hondurans in a multitude of ways:
- Many Hondurans are at threat of theft and robbery on public transportation or when commuting to work.
- Business owners and bus drivers are extorted by gangs and forced to pay a “war tax” just to stay in business.
- Women and children are often subjected to sexual abuse or domestic violence.
- Hondurans living in poor, urban neighborhoods could be caught in the crossfire of rival gang activity.
Violence is widespread in Honduras, but we’ve already seen incredible progress in making Honduras safer – in one of Honduras’ most violent neighborhoods, AJS’s interventions led to a 75% reduction in violence. We stand up to violence because we believe all members of society deserve to live safely and securely.