Category: Security

Standing Witness: How One Woman’s Testimony Helped AJS Solve a Murder

  • June 27, 2018

After Rosa’s husband was shot in front of her by two gang members, she found herself paralyzed by fear. But AJS psychological counseling led her towards healing, and empowered her to participate as a witness in the trial of the men who killed her husband. Rosa’s bravery helped AJS to achieve a conviction in the case. Now Rosa stays involved with AJS as a community informant, helping to keep her community safe for her children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren.



Growing in Compassion: How a Former Police Chief is Working with AJS to End Homicides

  • December 20, 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.”



Peace and Justice: Planting Seeds

  • December 5, 2017

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.



Building Hope in Honduras’ Judicial System One Case at a Time

  • March 15, 2017

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.



In D.C., AJS President and Staff present their Progress in Honduran Police Reform

  • February 28, 2017

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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