International Development Law Organization

Honduras

Despite the substantial and steady decrease of murder rates in recent years, Honduras still faces grave security challenges. According to the National Autonomous University Observatory of Violence, the murder rate of the city of San Pedro Sula, the country's economic center, was 56,2 per 100.000 people in 2017, above the national average. Within the city, the neighborhoods of Chamelecón, Rivera Hernandez and Satélite are by far the most challenging, with limited police presence and strong impact of national gangs. The context of multisided violence has posed escalating security risks for women in their homes and on the streets. Domestic, intrafamilial and gender-based violence are constantly reported as some of the main causes of migration and internal displacement in the last decade. To address these issues, IDLO is supporting Honduras institutions through technical assistance to develop targeted legislation on the relevant topics and is working to reduce homicides through strengthened access to justice for women, children and other victims of violence.

Honduras: Cutting Homicide

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As in much of Latin America, in Honduras the walls tell stories.

This mural in the outskirts of San Pedro Sula, the country’s second largest city, commemorates the 28 people – seven of them children – who were killed when armed men opened fire with assault rifles on a city bus in December 2004.

Domestic Violence in Honduras

IDLO is working with the European Union’s EUROsociAL II program in Honduras to aid and empower women who are victims of domestic violence. With the country’s judiciary, we have created the Centro de Atención y Protección de los Derechos de la Mujer (CAPRODEM), a women’s center providing orientation and legal assistance for female victims in Tegucigalpa. IDLO has played a key role in drafting the internal and functional guidelines for the Center and helped build the capacity of those involved. CAPRODEM is expected to be replicated in other regions of Honduras.

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Key Initiatives

  • With a view to replacing a culture of violence in Honduras with one of legality, IDLO has outlined a program to reduce violent acts and homicides through better access to justice. Work, carried out in partnership with national institutions and civil society organizations, will focus specifically on vulnerable groups, including women, children, youth and people in detention.  The program is financed by the US Department of State. 

  • IDLO is working with the European Union’s EUROsociAL II program in Honduras to aid and empower women who are victims of domestic violence. With the country’s judiciary, we have created the Centro de Atención y Protección de los Derechos de la Mujer (CAPRODEM), a women’s center providing orientation and legal assistance for female victims in Tegucigalpa. IDLO has played a key role in drafting the internal and functional guidelines for the Center and helped build the capacity of those involved. CAPRODEM is expected to be replicated in other regions of Honduras.

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