wolterstorff_0.jpg"What has also struck me about [AJS] is their imagination: they imagine new ways of prodding and assisting the government to do what it should be doing, new ways of standing alongside victims," wrote philosopher Nicholas Wolterstorff after one of his visits to Honduras to observe the work of AJS.

 

Read Dr. Wolterstorff's entire reflection

 

You can also read a previous reflection from Dr. Wolterstorff's first visit to AJS, in which he shares, "I had witnessed first-hand the work of a thoroughly indigenous organization which, in the name of Christ, defends the cause of the 'downtrodden' and, with great tenacity and courage, both insists that the government bring to justice those who have wronged them and assists government in doing so."


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"AJS is probably the most important civil society organization currently operating here [in Honduras], said James Nealon when he was the U.S. ambassador to Honduras.

“[AJS] is an organization that we in the United States embassy and the United States government partner with in many very important ways. Their commitment to this process and their commitment to this country is unwavering. I’m just very privileged to have the opportunity to work with them and to be able to support them."

 

Watch Mr. Nealon’s full video message here


claudiapazypaz2.jpg“The work of AJS in Honduras is fundamental, because it’s informed work, and has resulted in providing more rights for more people in the country,” said Claudia Paz y Paz, former Attorney General of Guatemala, considered a worldwide expert in peace and human rights.

 

 

 

 


sonianazario.jpg“In essence, Honduras must strengthen and cleanse key government institutions, which are incredibly weak and underfunded, so they can function effectively. The goal is to decrease corruption, impunity, insecurity and violence, and increase good governance and economic opportunities in Honduras. … AJS has started this work already,” wrote Puliter Prize-winning journalist Sonia Nazario.

Ms. Nazario is the author of the best-selling book Enrique's Journey, which tells the true story of a Honduran boy who migrates to the U.S. to reunite with his mother. She lists AJS's work as one reason for “Hope for Honduras” on her website. AJS’s work has been “extraordinary,” she said in an NPR interview

 

Read her New York Times feature, which mentions AJS’s work
reducing homicides in some of Honduras’ most violent zones.


huguettelabelle.png"I think that we will see in Honduras, thanks to AJS, a very different kind of situation than we have in the past. It will important; it will give new hope to people, and we will hopefully also see that corruption can be dealt with; corruption can be a part of the past and not the future," shared Huguette Labelle, during a visit to Honduras while she was the chair of the board of directors of Transparency International.

AJS is the Honduran chapter of Transparency International, and during Ms. Labelle's visit to Honduras she participated in the signing of a very important agreement between the Honduran government, AJS, and Transparency International.

 

Watch Ms. Labelle summarize why the agreement
and AJS's anti-corruption fight are so imporant for Honduras.


sandraponce.jpg"AJS worked with us the whole time in our investigations that in the end resulted in convictions for Dionisio's killers. .... AJS helps us by giving logistical support and assistance in getting the evidence we need in carrying out our investigations," said former Honduran special prosecutor for Human Rights, Sandra Ponce.

Watch the entire interview with Ms. Ponce on YouTube.

 

 

 


lucarenda.jpg AJS's workers "are among the best, the bravest, the most honest and most committed people I have ever met," said Luca Renda, the former United Nations Representative in Honduras.

Watch the entire interview with Mr. Renda on YouTube.

 

 

 


leroy-2.jpgAJS is an "example of the 'practical hope' we have in the renewing power of Jesus Christ. Witnessing this courageous renewal work in Honduras inspires and moves me," shared Calvin College President Michael Le Roy during a visit to Honduras.

Read Mr. Le Roy's reflection on his visit and the work of AJS.

 

 


Oscar_Chincilla.jpgAJS’s posture towards the Honduran Attorney General has frequently been critical – but he has also recognized the valuable constructive support that we have offered. “The Association for a More Just Society I believe has taught us a lesson,” said Oscar Chinchilla, Attorney General of Honduras from 2014-2018, “You can sometimes point out things that are bad; but you can also work hand in hand to make changes and advocate for improvement.”

 

 

 


Escoto.jpg“AJS played an extremely important role in creating a culture of accountability in the Education system,” Marlon Escoto, former Minister of Education, said in a press conference. His successor, Rutilia Calderón, said, “The accompaniment of AJS to the Ministry of Education allowed us to have a more integral vision not just of the complexity, but also of the challenges and even gaps that the institution faced in the fight against corruption.”

 

 

 


Read More About Others' Experiences with AJS

Rick Gerhardt, scientist and theologian, shares about the hope he saw in AJS' work

Lee Boyd, Human Rights lawyer expresses her admiration for AJS' work.

Jo Kaldeck, Journalist-in-residence at Gordon College in Massachusetts writes about what makes AJS different.

Photographer John Bron shares about his experience with brave Christians in Honduras.

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