Early in the morning, more than seventy youth, pastors, and staff members of AJS gathered on the steps of the Honduran Supreme Court to meet with the committee responsible for naming the finalists for Honduras' Attorney General. After an extended time of prayer, the youth read the following letter, demanding a transparent process and quality candidates. 

prayer with Honduran National Congress

AJS-Honduras director Carlos Hernández graces another newspaper front page, the headline calling him a representative, not just of AJS-Honduras, but of Honduran “Civil Society”. But what exactly does that mean?

Carlos Hernandez civil society feature

Sacrificing hours from their busy weeks, volunteers use simple information-gathering instruments to record things like how many days schools meet for class, how many classes are taught, and for how long, whether the school has textbooks and materials, and other issues important to children’s education.

AJS is taking action to ensure that Honduran politicians cannot continue to steal money from the Honduran public

With great sadness, the staff and board of AJS mourn the loss of Pete Harkema, our board President, our capital campaign director, and our dear friend.

It is with great sadness that the board and staff of AJS mourn the death of Mark Wagenveld after a battle with glastioblastoma. He was 73.

At AJS, we believe that part of our calling as Christians is to speak truth to power, whoever is in power, and in this way protect the poor and vulnerable that are so close to God’s heart. Whether or not we personally support Honduras’ new elected leaders, we consider it our job for the next four years to try to make their administration as effective as possible. This is not a partisan position, but a Christian one. We know from experience that when governments fail, those who suffer are the poorest and most vulnerable – widows, orphans, strangers, the young, the old, and the sick.
 
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Here are nine moments where we saw change in 2017!

"I had many victories in my years with the police – I earned medals and diplomas, and many awards. But I don’t remember a single victim or witness ever thanking me for my work. With Peace and Justice, that has become the most important prize I could receive. I would rather receive the gratitude of one family than all the awards in the world.”

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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"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.