Sending Office: Honorable Henry C. “Hank” Johnson, Jr.
Current Cosponsors (73): Nanette Barragán, Don Beyer, Earl Blumenauer, Suzanne Bonamici, Judy Chu, David Cicilline, Katherine Clark, Wm. Lacy Clay, Emanuel Cleaver, Bonnie Watson Coleman, Sharice Davids, Danny Davis, Susan
Davis, Peter DeFazio, Rosa DeLauro, Suzan DelBene, Mark DeSaulnier, Debbie Dingell, Mike Doyle, Anna Eshoo, Bill Foster, Jesús G. “Chuy” García, Raúl Grijalva, Deb Haaland, Josh Harder, Jim Himes, Sheila Jackson-Lee, Pramila Jayapal, Marcy Kaptur, Joe Kennedy,
Ro Khanna, Derek Kilmer, Ron Kind, Barbara Lee, Andy Levin, Ted Lieu, Daniel Lipinski, Zoe Lofgren, Alan Lowenthal, Stephen Lynch, Carolyn Maloney, Betty McCollum, James McGovern, Grace Meng, Gwen Moore, Seth Moulton, Grace Napolitano, Eleanor Holmes Norton,
Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Ilhan Omar, Frank Pallone, Jimmy Panetta, Donald Payne, Jr., Chellie Pingree, Mark Pocan, Ayanna Pressley, Mike Quigley, Jamie Raskin, Kathleen Rice, Lucille Roybal-Allard, Bobby Rush, Tim Ryan, Jan Schakowsky, José Serrano, Jackie
Speier, Bennie Thompson, Rashida Tlaib, Paul Tonko, Nydia M. Velázquez, Maxine Waters, Peter Welch, John Yarmuth
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.
Deepening the evidence of corruption in Honduras, last month, Juan Antonio “Tony” Hernández, brother to Honduran President Juan Orlando Hernández, was found guilty on drug trafficking charges. Witness testimony in the drug smuggling and weapons case
against Tony Hernández directly implicated President Juan Orlando Hernández, citing that the President willfully received bribes, in the form of campaign donations, from prominent drug traffickers in exchange for his cooperation and protection of narcotrafficking
activities in the country. This is shameful, and highly emblematic of the stronghold that President Hernández, and his unlawful governance, maintain over the people of Honduras. The United States should have no part in supporting a criminal administration.
H.R. 1945, 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 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 becoming a cosponsor to this legislation that is integral to the ongoing fight for justice in Honduras.
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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