Sending Office: Honorable Henry C. “Hank” Johnson, Jr.
Original Cosponsors: Hank Johnson, Marcy Kaptur, José Serrano, Jan Schakowsky, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Gwen Moore, Jamie Raskin, Bill Foster, Grace Napolitano, Chellie Pingree, Jackie Speier, Suzanne Bonamici, Jimmy
Panetta, Alan Lowenthal, Ilhan Omar, Debbie Dingell, Anna Eshoo, Bobby Rush, Paul Tonko, Barbara Lee, Stephen Lynch, Kathleen Rice, Ro Khanna, Raúl Grijalva, Zoe Lofgren, James McGovern, Deb Haaland
115th Original Cosponsors: Hank Johnson, Marcy Kaptur, José Serrano, Jan Schakowsky, Keith Ellison, John Conyers, Barbara Lee, Susan Davis, Jackie Speier, Gwen Moore, Betty McCollum, Dan Lipinski, Debbie
Dingell, Mark Pocan, Eleanor Holmes Norton, Grace Napolitano, Suzanne Bonamici, Rosa DeLauro, Luis Gutiérrez, David Cicilline, Chellie Pingree, Earl Blumenauer, Bobby Rush, Paul Tonko, Raúl Grijalva
On March 2, 2016, renowned environmental and Indigenous rights activist, Berta Cáceres, was viciously murdered in her home in Honduras. Today, Honduras has one of the highest murder rates in the world and remains one of the most dangerous places for activists.
Closely connected with this crisis is the deep corruption of its military and police forces – both of which have been accused of committing human rights abuses while facing no consequences.
Despite this troubling record and the Honduran government’s rampant impunity, the United States continues to provide millions of taxpayer dollars annually in security assistance to Honduras’s military and police forces. With the support
of U.S. financing and training, the Honduran government, military, and police forces have become among the most repressive in the world, engaging in targeted campaigns of violence, arbitrary detention, and assassinations of journalists, human rights activists,
and Afro-Indigenous and Indigenous community leaders.
The Berta Cáceres Human Rights in Honduras Act would suspend U.S. funding to Honduras for police and military operations, including money for equipment and training, until the Honduran government investigates the credible allegations of gross violations
of human rights by their security forces and pursues prosecutions in emblematic cases of violence against environmental, small-farmer, and human rights activists, opposition protesters, and journalists. This bill also calls for the United States Government
to vote no on all future loans from multilateral development banks to Honduran security forces.
We hope that you will consider signing as an original cosponsor to this legislation that is integral to the ongoing fight for justice in Honduras.
*The bill remains substantively similar to previous Congresses; we’ve just updated the findings to reflect the most current reports and figures possible.
If you would like to cosponsor or need further information, please contact Chelsea Grey (Johnson) at
Chelsea.Grey@mail.house.gov, Jenny Perrino (Kaptur) at
Jenny.Perrino@mail.house.gov, Angel Nigaglioni (Serrano) at
Angel.Nigaglioni@mail.house.gov, or Syd Terry (Schakowsky) at
Rep. Henry C. “Hank” Johnson, Jr.
Rep. Marcy Kaptur
Rep. José E. Serrano
Rep. Jan Schakowsky
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