Advocacy

Our Latin America Liaison has accompanied COPINH (Council of Popular and Indigenous Organizations of Honduras) as they seek justice for the assassination of Indigenous and social movement leader Berta Cáceres, who was murdered March 2, 2016 in Honduras.  Our Advocacy Coordinator has engaged SOAW activists in supporting the first-ever bill to suspend U.S. military aid to Honduras, the Berta Cáceres Human Rights in Honduras Act (HR 1299).  

Ask your Representative to co-sponsor HR 1299 here.  

The Berta Cáceres Human Rights in Honduras Act is an important bill, and thanks to the work of numerous organizations and activists around the country, 60 Representatives have co-sponsored the bill.  You can see who has co-sponsored here.  If your representative is not yet a co-sponsor, e-mail him or her.  You can also set up a meeting with your Representative, write a letter to the editor of your local paper, or organize a public event to educate others about HR 1299.

Since the 2009 SOA-graduate led military coup in Honduras, there has been ongoing repression — including by the military and security forces — against social movement leaders, Indigenous leaders, environmental activists, journalists, lawyers, members of the LGBTQ community, and many others.  The repression and criminalization continues today, as does US military training and funding.  For more about the situation in Honduras, click here.