AJS began confronting community violence with a single investigator and a single lawyer, both of whom acted as trusted bridges between victims of violence and the judicial system, helping victims navigate the complicated path to justice. Individuals may not have trusted the police, but they grew to trust AJS, who knew them personally, supported them with emergency needs, and even prayed alongside them.

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In a country where impunity is staggering, and where witnesses often have more to fear than criminals, Martha Lopez made the brave decision to testify in the criminal case against the men who killed her nephew. She didn't do so alone. Staff from AJS have been alongside her every step, counseling her, supporting her, and bringing the case to justice.

This story, originally published in Spanish by AJS online magazine Revistazo on September 8, 2016, details AJS's involvement in investigating the murder of a young girl

In this complex and dangerous context enters AJS’s Peace and Justice Project. They reach out to the families of homicide victims and offer a listening ear, as well as help 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.

This short documentary tells the tragic story of a young girl's murder, and the investigation that sent her killer to jail. 

NYT feature

New York Times feature by Sonia Nazario credits programs like AJS with reduction of violence in Honduras.

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Watch recording of Kurt's talk during Calvin College's prestigious lecture series.

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How AJS is stepping up to a system that allows murderers to walk free

2014 was a year like no other for AJS

A Community Visit with AJS Staff

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From the Justice Journal

"How to Solve a Murder in Honduras," a special series from AJS that tells the story of how criminal investigators, lawyers, police officers, psychologists, information analysts, and victims are working together to end violence in Honduras.