Honduras: Justice for Victims of SGBV
With the support of the Government of Canada, JES is currently implementing a project that focuses on improving Honduras’ justice system's response to sexual and gender-based violence (SGBV) especially against women and LGBTQI+ people. Working closely with the Public Prosecutor’s Office (“Ministerio Publico” or MP) of Honduras, the National Police, the Supreme Court of Justice, the Ministry of Human Rights, including the Femicide Commission and civil society organizations, such as Cattrachas, CEM-H and Visitación Padilla, JES aims to strengthen the capacities of justice operators in their first response, investigation, preparation, presentation, and judgement in these trials.
The project also seeks to increase awareness of victim’s rights and includes a gender-transformative, human-rights and trauma-informed approach. In order to achieve its goals, JES provides the criminal justice system with an integrated capacity-building program, together with technical assistance, integration with existing community-based level initiatives, and pilot projects in impactful areas. Examples of activities include:
- Delivery of in-person and online training through JES’ e-learning platform, JESed
- Short training on data flow improvement with LGBTQI+ advocacy organization Cattrachas
- Design, coordination and delivery of seminars for the Femicide Commission
- Development, coordination and delivery of a Regional Exchange Events on criminal investigation best practices in cases of femicide with Guatemala and El Salvador authorities
- Design and dissemination of awareness raising material for the MP aimed at community organizations that support victims of SGBV in eight departments.
- Production of videos on security plans, victims' rights and interview techniques
- 359 justice actors reached through online training activities
- 185 people fiscal and police personnel trained on module 1: “reporting and first response for SGBV crimes"
- 56 judges trained on “Judgements with a Gender Perspective”
- 53 justice actors trained in human rights, gender and LGBTQI+ issues and conditions
- 68 participants from women's organizations and justice institutions linked to the Inter-Institutional Commission on Femicides strengthened their capacities in criminal investigation of femicides
- 1 diagnostic completed of the MP's case management system
- 1 diagnostic study on the institutional capacity and response relating to the victim´s need for safety planning
- 1 video tutorial produced for justice system personnel that explains the appropriate treatment of victims
- Acknowledgement for differentiated care created according to specific gender needs 6 module training courses designed for investigators, criminal prosecutors and judges
- Equipment provided to CSO partners to improve their operational capacity and response to COVID-19, including CEM-H, Visitación Padilla and Cattrachas
- Delivery of a two-day and two-part Seminar on “Criminal Investigation of Femicide Cases "facilitated by an international expert together with a national expert