TEGUCIGALPA – Seven members of the United States Congress visited Honduras on August 29-30. The delegation was led by Oklahoma Congressman James Lankford. Traveling with Representative Lankford were Representative Beto O’Rourke (Texas), Representative Jack Kingston (Georgia), Representative Rob Woodall (Georgia), Representative Patrick Meehan (Pennsylvania), Representative John Carney (Delaware), and Representative Joseph Kennedy III (Massachusetts).
This high-level visit underscores the importance of strong U.S.-Honduras bilateral relations and recognizes our mutual interest in working with the Government of Honduras to advance security, prosperity, and human rights in Honduras.
The delegation’s visit highlighted mutual concern for unaccompanied migrants and the U.S. Government’s commitment to work with the Government of Honduras and civil society to improve economic and security conditions.
During their visit, the Congressional members met with First Lady Ana de Hernandez and members of the Honduran Joint Task Force for Immigrant Children. They also visited one of the more than 40 U.S. Government-sponsored youth Outreach Centers in order to see firsthand U.S. programs focused on violence prevention and promoting opportunities for youth. The U.S. Government supports these Outreach Centers in cooperation with Honduran municipalities, NGOs, churches and the Honduran Social Investment Fund Office.
The Congressional members also met with members of the NGO community and visited the Agricultural Training and Development Center that the Honduran government has prepared to temporarily care for returning migrant families.