In 1998, AJS-Honduras was founded by a group of Honduran and North American friends (including Kurt Ver Beek and Jo Van Engen) dedicated to doing justice in Honduras. We're excited to share a throwback to the 1990s, when we worked  with the Garifuna community of Ruguma to protect their lands from theft. 

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 “AJS is in such an interesting position where they are able to both criticize and support. They critique, but then turn around and say ‘our intention is to lift you up and help you to better.’”

After a dismal 19% transparency and management score in 2015, no one would have guessed that Honduras’ Property Institute would be among the “most-improved” government institutions.

Margarita Zuniga holds her land title

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.

The Property Institute delivers hundreds of accurate land titles to Honduran families, thanks to AJS's support and oversight.

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There are an estimated one million urban plots of land in Honduras that are not registered with the government's Property Institute, and thus, lack a formal title. The people who live on this land face the constant threat of eviction, and have no formal proof of ownership that would allow them to use their land as an asset — something to be inherited, sold, or placed as security on a loan.

US lawyers continue fight for land rights and reform in Honduras

2014 was a year like no other for AJS

Poor families are vulnerable to unjust land seizures. AJS is fighting back.

AJS uncovers corruption at the Property Institute. 

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The New York Times published an opinion piece by Sonia Nazario, Pulitzer Prize winning author and also our good friend, about the problems facing Honduras. For those of us who love Honduras, it is not an easy read - but we have seen change and we remain hopeful.