Honduras has been declared by the State Department to be non-compliant with the Hague Abduction Convention.
The State Department has reported to Congress that within the past year it has taken the following actions in this regard against Honduras:
· Department officials in Washington, DC, and at the U.S. Embassy in Tegucigalpa continued to raise concerns about Honduras’s demonstration of a pattern of non-compliance with Government of Honduras officials.
· In October 2022, Department officials worked closely with the Honduran Central Authority to help organize a judicial training focused on child abductions in Honduras, which included judges, attorneys, central authority participants, and other stakeholders. The Department presented on the role of the U.S. Central Authority. Other experts highlighted the need for expediency in processing Hague cases.
· In October 2022, Department officials met with the Director of the Honduran Central Authority to discuss concerns about Honduras’s implementation of the Convention. The Department also recognized the Honduran Central Authority’s efforts, including hiring a designated team to handle abductions, and hosting a judicial training.
· In April 2023, Department officials met with Embassy of Honduras representatives in Washington, DC, and discussed concerns with Honduras’s Convention compliance. The Department emphasized the Honduran Central Authority’s delays in processing cases as an area of concern.
· In May 2023, the Office of the Spokesperson released a media note to announce the release of the 2023 Annual Report on International Child Abduction and listed Honduras as a country cited for demonstrating a pattern of noncompliance.
· In May 2023, U.S. Embassy Tegucigalpa officials delivered a demarche to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs stating the Department cited Honduras in the 2023 Annual Report on International Child Abduction for demonstrating a pattern of noncompliance during 2022.
Jeremy D. Morley has provided expert evidence to courts in several U.S. states on such matters concerning Honduras.