U.S. "advisors" embedded within Honduran police and judiciary since 2010/11

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UNCLASSIFIED U.S. Department of State Case No. F-2011-04671 Doc No. C17685398 Date: 09/19/2012 [released; issued 03/22/11]
CLASSIFICATION: CONFIDENTIAL
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[…]majority of crimes are not solved, leading to a sense of impunity and lawlessness, which undermines the population's faith in the democratic system. Drug traffickers and other criminals are able to operate unhindered in many parts of the country, especially in the remote La Mosquitia region in the east of the country bordering Nicaragua and the western region of Hondurans, bordering Guatemala.

6. (U) The Embassy is helping Honduras address this scourge. The Embassy and the Government of Honduras have established a bilateral task force to implement programs under the Merida/Central American Regional Security Initiative (CARSI). The Task Force pursues a bilateral multi-agency approach to combat the shared threats to security and stability in both Honduras and the United States as well as the Americas region from transnational illicit trafficking and criminal organizations. The Task Force is co-chaired by President Lobo and the Ambassador. The Task Force has formed eight inter-agency working groups to focus in-depth on the issues of counternarcotics operation, anti-gang programs, social development and crime prevention, border security, seized criminal assets and financial crimes, investigation and prosecution capacity-building, La Mosquitia (the remote, undeveloped region most vulnerable to narcotics trafficking), and human rights. In late January, the GOH created a Task Force to fight impunity and to address violent crimes of particular concern. This Task Force, which was the result of discussions that the executive branch conducted with the Attorney General and the judicial branch, serves as a coordination mechanism to bring together all relevant law enforcement agencies. A Financial Crimes Task Force has also been created to prosecute cases under the 2010 Seized Asset Forfeiture law. Each task force has two embedded U.S. advisors: a police advisor to facilitate the Investigative process with the National Police and a prosecutorial advisor to assist the Public Ministry in case preparation. Honduras needs to be able to work effectively with not just the United States, but other nations in the region as well to combat this serious threat to its stability.