In Honduras, violent crimes often go unreported because of fear of retaliation, because of a lack of trust in the judicial system, but also because the system is complicated, intimidating, and difficult to understand. Security 101 teaches leaders of civil society both how to reduce their risks for crime and what to do if crimes do happen. They are taught to navigate the current judicial system, but also to observe it and mobilize people to pressure the government to be more effective.
AJS’s Peace and Justice Project reaches out to the families of homicide victims and offers a listening ear. They also help with filing a police report, facilitating investigation, and accompanying witnesses through the process of giving testimony. It is this personal interaction that can make the difference between a conviction and another murderer let to go free.
One way in which AJS is helping to make the Honduran judicial system work is by advocating for better attention to victims and witnesses of crimes. These rooms, called “Gesell Chambers”, allow victims of sensitive crimes like interfamily violence, sexual abuse, or sexual assault to give their testimony before a court – without the fear, shame, and anxiety of appearing in a courthouse. That results in better testimony and more convictions!
Sometimes AJS’s work in communities leads to opportunities to provide services beyond our regular programs, like this literacy class that a volunteer holds in one of AJS’s target communities. In this story, she shares about an indomitable woman who overcame the idea that she was too old to learn and learned to sign her name for the first time.
This month, AJS presented its baseline study and institutional diagnosis of the Honduran Secretary of Health. The technical report was the result of nearly a year of evaluations and audit, and will help initiate reforms that will improve health care for all of Hondurans.
A small group of people is transforming health in Honduras. Members of Transformemos Honduras and employees of the Association for a More Just society are saving lives through their expertise in transparency, accountability, and the efficiency of public systems, doing the difficult work of getting the Honduran Health system to work for its people.
This short documentary tells the tragic story of a young girl’s murder, and the investigation that sent her killer to jail.
Yesterday, the Police Purging Commission met with the Attorney General to deliver 144 criminal cases, implicating 455 police officers with crimes ranging from theft to extortion to assassination.
The members of the Police Purging Commission have a bigger vision for the police than just removing corrupt officers. They see this as a rare chance to create a better-organized, more-transparent, and more-trustworthy force.
AJS-led workshops train community leaders to audit and oversee their own local health centers.