Human Rights in Honduras: Interview with Shaina Aber & Tom Greene, S.J.
BY CHRIS KERR | March 12, 2013
Shaina Aber (Policy Director, Jesuit Conference Social & International Ministries) and Fr. Tom Greene, S.J. (Secretary for Social & International Ministries) recently visited Honduras to develop a deeper understanding of the volatile human rights situation facing the Central American country and how Jesuits and lay partners are responding. The interview offers perspectives on these realities and insights into ways that people here in the U.S. can support those who are marginalized by injustice through outreach and advocacy.
Chris joined the Ignatian Solidarity Network (ISN) as executive director in 2011. He has over fifteen years of experience in social justice advocacy and leadership in Catholic education and ministry. Prior to ISN he served in multiple roles at John Carroll University, including coordinating international immersion experience and social justice education programming as an inaugural co-director of John Carroll’s Arrupe Scholars Program for Social Action. Prior to his time at John Carroll he served as a teacher and administrator at the elementary and secondary levels in Catholic Diocese of Cleveland. Chris speaks regularly at campuses and parishes about social justice education and advocacy, Jesuit mission, and a broad range of social justice issues. He currently serves on the board of directors for Christians for Peace in El Salvador (CRISPAZ). Chris earned a B.A. and M.A. from John Carroll University in University Heights, Ohio. He and his family reside in Shaker Heights, Ohio.
My name is Kyle Cassidy and I attend a Jesuit University in Cleveland, John Carroll. A group of about 10 students including myself recently went to Honduras as part of a business class. A few people in the class have been there once or twice, but it was my first time. We fell in love with a place called Flor Azul in El Paraiso, which is a boy’s orphanage. We learned so much about all the topics you covered in this video and are now trying to help the boys home as well as develop ways to help the people of Honduras. We as a class have been and are continuing to try to find innovative ways to help these people in a long term way. The more help we can get, and possibly the more help we can provide to you would be a step in the right direction. My email is firstname.lastname@example.org please contact me if you have any interest in helping our cause, as well as expanding our community to help this struggling country.
Glad to hear that you feel so connected to the people of Honduras after your trip and that you desire to continue your relationship of solidarity!
Best of luck!
ISN Executive Director