Partnering for Justice with the Ambassador

  • April 9, 2019

AJS’s justice work flourishes thanks to our partnership with justice-seekers – from our faithful supporters to our talented board members.

One such partnership is with former U.S. ambassador to Honduras and AJS Board member James Nealon. As ambassador for three years, Nealon regularly cooperated with AJS to work for change in the Honduran government. Now he’s back in the U.S, joining his voice with ours to speak up for justice.

Nealon remembers: “As I began working with the Honduran government to strengthen weak Honduran systems and reduce violence, I bumped into AJS at every turn.”

As it became clear that we shared common goals, AJS and Nealon collaborated on various justice initiatives. We worked to make the selection of Honduran judges more transparent, a process that resulted in what Nealon calls, “the least corrupt court in Honduras’ history.” When AJS joined the national police purge, Nealon’s office worked to share information and help speak up in favor of the process.

From helping to train a new investigative police unit to encouraging the creation of an independent international anti-corruption task force, AJS and Nealon’s joint efforts will impact justice in Honduras for years to come. As the newest member of AJS’s Board of Directors, Nealon continues to contribute to justice in Honduras with his three decades of experience in international affairs.

Just this February, Nealon joined AJS in a series of presentations on justice before hundreds of people in Grand Rapids and Chicago. In front of one group, he reminded us, “Justice and sustainable, positive change is a long game, but with commitment and focus over time, it’s possible!”

If you live in the Grand Rapids, Michigan area, you can hear from Ambassador Nealon at our Celebration of Justice on April 11! Find more details and RSVP on

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