International Development Law Organization


Honduras is believed to have the world's highest murder rate. Violent criminal gangs operating in many parts of the country. Femicide is on the rise: the United Nations estimates that three out of four such crimes go unpunished. Almost half of the Honduran population is under 19: each year, large numbers of unaccompanied children and teenagers embark on a perilous journey across Central America in search of security and a better future in the United States. Many of them are girls, fleeing from a widespread pattern of abuse and discrimination. IDLO is supporting the Honduran judiciary to protect women's rights.


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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