Afro-Indigenous Hondurans in Resistance: U.S. Drug War, Violent Displacement, and Migration

Alfredo Lopez will discuss the Garifuna people’s struggle against the negative impacts of tourism and other mega-projects in Honduras, and the role of state security forces in their displacement.

Date & Time:

Tuesday, October 13, 2015
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM


Free and Open to the Public


Owens Science Hall, 3M Auditorium (OWS 150; building #65 on campus map)

Alfredo Lopez

Alfredo Lopez

Since the 2009 military coup, murders and attacks against Honduran human rights defenders have reached alarming levels. Indigenous communities, including the Garífuna, have been among those targeted. The U.S. continues to send tens of millions of dollars in Drug War aid to the Honduran police and military who have been involved in human rights abuses. Additionally, the U.S. backs neoliberal projects that lead to displacement and migration.

Alfredo López works with OFRANEH (the Black Fraternal Organization of Honduras) to protect and defend the Garífuna people’s right to their culture and their ancestral land on the Caribbean coast. Lopez will discuss his people’s struggle against the negative impacts of tourism and other mega-projects, and the role of state security forces—many of which receive funding from the U.S.—in their displacement. He will also describe how U.S.-backed projects and U.S. aid to the military and police contribute to violence and fuel Honduran migration.

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