A Violent Country
Honduras has been declared by the UN as one of the most violent countries in the world not suffering from armed conflict.
Rape, murder, kidnapping, sex trafficking of women and children, sexual exploitation, and family violence are out of control. Because of authorities' lack of training and resources, and because of corruption, victims suffer without hope or help. More than 70 percent of families experience violence of one form or another.
Victims Advocate Office
The intake specialist receives the client, takes their information, and starts their case file. They transfer the client to the victim's advocate who accompanies the client to place their criminal report with the authorities, to forensics, and to court. The advocate also works directly with authorities to ensure the cases move and justice is achieved. Our work produces a 75 to 85 percent resolution rate in the courts. The United Nations has stated there is a 94 to 96 percent impunity rate in special crimes cases in Honduras.
To date we have served more than 6,000 cases.
How it all Started
In October 2005, police authorities approached us to study the problem of violence and create a program to minister to victims.
February 20, 2006, in collaboration with the National Police, we created an office for attention of Special Crimes where we attended victims in the moment of their crisis, supervised their cases and helped authorities realize their work to rescue and protect victims.
We were asked to open and supervise two other offices in Juticalpa, Olancho and Gracias, Lempira.
Attacks by the Enemy
Due to violent and dangerous corruption that directly affected our victims office, including a supposed assassination order, at the same time the National Police fell apart in a huge corruption scandal, the victims office in the Talanga police station was closed on November 1, 2011. Operations in Olancho and Lempira were also suspended.
We still attended victims who called, showed up at the mission, or grabbed us in the streets. We also continued to work with authorities on cases in which they sought our assistance.
During March 2015, the national prosecutor for violence against women came to our ministry seeking our help to open, or re-open, the victims office in Talanga.
During September 2018, in collaboration with Administer Justice, we opened a new Crisis Office to bring integral attention in the moment of crisis and afterward.
THE CALL FOR JUSTICE AND RESCUE
"The Lord looked and was displeased that their was no justice.
He saw that there no one, he was appalled that there was no one to intervene."
"Learn to do right, seek justice. Defend the oppressed.
Take up the cause of the fatherless, plead the case of the widow."
"I will show you my faith by what I do" James 2:18