On May 7, 2012 Erick Martinez, a beloved Honduran journalist, LGBTQ and resistance activist and candidate for Congress with the LIBRE opposition party, was found dead, strangled, by the side of the road. Those who ordered his murder have not been arrested.
The Honduran LGBTQ community is facing massive violence and violations of their human rights. Since the 2009 military coup, which the U.S. failed to oppose, there have been over 90 reported hate-based assassinations of LGBTQ activists in the struggle for equality. While the LGBTQ community in Honduras fights for justice, there is a culture of total impunity. Less than five arrests associated with these cases have been made. We have not heard much of this in U.S. All the while, the US government has sent millions of dollars to the Honduran state – which is said to be the country’s number one human rights violator.
They deserve justice NOW.
The Honduran Equality Delegation is seeking applicants for our delegation to spend 10 days accompanying and assisting the LGBTQ community throughout the November 2013 general elections in Honduras. International presence is an important component in ensuring the election is fair and the LGBTQ movement leaders are safe. We will take testimony and document any human rights violations that occur. Our findings will supplement a public education campaign to hold our government accountable for its support of this oppressive regime. This work is vital to the success of the international LGBTQ movement, and we cannot do it alone.
We need you.
Necessary Qualifications: All delegates must be over 18 years of age and have current travel authorization or be able to acquire one at their own cost.
Delegates should be passionate LGBTQ and Economic Justice activists interested in building a transnational movement. Delegates will be expected to invest time after the delegation organizing events and speaking publicly about the plight of the Honduran LGBTQ community after the trip. The cost is approximately $1,600 (including airfare) with significant discounts if delegates can provide their own airfare. Delegates will fundraise for the cost over the next six months in order to build a network of support in their local area. Training on fundraising, if needed, will be available. Scholarships are available to applicants. Speaking Spanish is not a requirement.
How to apply: Please contact us for an application. Applicants will be assessed and asked to participate in a face-to-face or telephone interview.
Thank you for your interest. If you have any questions or need further information, please feel free to contact us. We look forward to your joining us in this fight for justice!
Jaclyn Scudiero Melissa Stiehler
Creative and National Organizer Community and International Organizer