According to a definitive report into Honduras’ Superior Auditing Court, published by AJS this March: “These corruption scandals and institutional crises could have been prevented, detected, and corrected if there were an independent Superior Auditing Court with sufficient budget and capacity…”
In a new partnership with the Catholic Church in Honduras, AJS is training dozens of parents how to strengthen family ties, how to teach values, and ideas for properly administrating discipline.
Since the launch of their “Report Police” campaign in June, 2016, ALAC’s team has received over 525 reports of corruption or abuse by police officers. “This is a very important tool to compile information related to members of the police who are being evaluated by the Commission, but also for those who were already approved,” said Omar Rivera, a member of the Police Reform Commission.
Jim Beezhold will bike 4,200 miles across Canada this summer raising money for three organizations including AJS. The 81-year-old California resident sees the race as “the most physical, mental, and spiritual experience of my life.”
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.
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.
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.”
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.”