As of December 14th, 2016, they have evaluated over 2,500 members of the force, including every high-ranking official, and fired 1,678 for corruption or failure to meet institutional standards. Of those fired, 364 were high-ranking officials, including six of the nine police generals.
AJS’s Peace and Justice Project reaches out to the families of homicide victims and offers a listening ear. They also help with 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.
One way in which AJS is helping to make the Honduran judicial system work is by advocating for better attention to victims and witnesses of crimes. These rooms, called “Gesell Chambers”, allow victims of sensitive crimes like interfamily violence, sexual abuse, or sexual assault to give their testimony before a court – without the fear, shame, and anxiety of appearing in a courthouse. That results in better testimony and more convictions!
This short documentary tells the tragic story of a young girl’s murder, and the investigation that sent her killer to jail.
Yesterday, the Police Purging Commission met with the Attorney General to deliver 144 criminal cases, implicating 455 police officers with crimes ranging from theft to extortion to assassination.
The members of the Police Purging Commission have a bigger vision for the police than just removing corrupt officers. They see this as a rare chance to create a better-organized, more-transparent, and more-trustworthy force.
The Commission’s work removing corrupt officers from the police work is historic, and it has huge implications for the future of Honduras’ police. With careful reviews and steady monitoring, there is hope that the police force will become trustworthy, and can, at last, deliver the public security that Hondurans so need.
In just 40 days of service, the Special Commission for the Purging and Transformation of the Police Force has made dramatic advances towards ridding the National Police force of its “bad apples”.
When AJS spotted a pattern of abuse, brave young girls helped end it — strengthening the Honduran justice system in the process.
Omar Rivera is selected as one of three Honduran citizens to lead reforms