U.S. Senators Tim Kaine and John Cornyn recently concluded a three-day visit to Honduras focused on economic and security challenges facing the country, as well as President Obama’s proposed $1 billion aid package for Central America. In addition to meeting with Honduran President Juan Orlando Hernandez, the Senators spoke with business leaders, members of Honduran civil society, and U.S. officials working to combat gang violence and impunity and promote human rights in a country that significantly contributed to the unaccompanied minors crisis in 2014. On Tuesday, Senators Kaine and Cornyn visited two USAID-supported youth outreach centers in Chamelecon, one of San Pedro Sula’s most violent neighborhoods, with a goal of creating opportunities for Honduran youth by giving them alternatives to violence and crime thereby stemming illegal and dangerous migration north.
“This is an important moment in the U.S.-Honduras relationship,” said Kaine. “As clearly demonstrated during last year’s unaccompanied minors crisis, what happens in Honduras has a direct impact on the U.S. We need to scrutinize the President’s request for Central America and ensure amounts we approve are spent wisely. But an investment in Honduras is an investment in our shared prosperity.”