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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.

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AJS's diligent oversight twice interrupted a corrupt hiring process in the Department of Education, finally ensuring that the government employees hired were experienced and qualified.

"It’s true that young people are the future, but our work should start now," says college senior Bianka Cabrera, sharing how she's being part of the solution in Honduras.  

The North American board members visited communities in Honduras’ capital city where AJS has projects, and met with the coordinators and collaborators of different programs of the organization.

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In ten months, the Commission has evaluated 5,867 officers, including all high-ranking officers, and removed 2,959 from their posts – half of all those evaluated. AJS President Carlos Hernández sees the last successful months as a chance to “change the story” of what is happening in Honduras, showing that, “where there’s political will and a vigilant civil society, things can change.”

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In a neighborhood where many parents worry about crime, gangs, or drugs influencing their children, Cesar stands out as an example. He graduated from high school, and has plans to continue studying and working. He volunteers in his church and in community service projects. "The (impact club leaders) have been a part of my life for 10 years," he said, "I am the person I am today thanks to them."

Impact kids hold up their diplomas

By the end of 2016, it became clear that for the first time the Property Institute had met their goal, processing 10,005 land titles. Even better, at the beginning of November, ASJ audited nearly 1,000 titles and found zero errors.

Margarita Zuniga holds her land title

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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.

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