Jaime Rodriguez, former president of CoDev partner, the Honduran High School Teachers’ College, has been forced into exile in Mexico following an assassination attempt. CoDev is appealing for support to help Mr. Rodriguez get settled in Mexico during this difficult time of the COVID-19 pandemic. Contributions will cover the cost of three month's rent and to replace his mobile phone stolen in Mexico City.
Prominent teacher activist Jaime Atilio Rodríguez was abducted last year, tortured and left for dead. He has since been forced into exile in Mexico.
Jaime served two turns as president of COPEMH and played a key role organizing resistance to the 2009 coup that overthrew President Manuel Zelaya.
When Jaime was elected to a second term as COPEMH’s president in 2017, the Ministry of Education fired him for assuming full-time duties as president rather than remaining in the classroom.
Jaime also played an important role in protests against the rigged November 2017 election by President Juan Orlando Hernández, during which the regime’s security forces killed more then 30 activists and imprisoned hundreds more.
Activism came at high price for the teacher. Masked gunmen abducted Jaime October 29, 2019, as he waited for a bus in the Honduran capital. He was held over night, tortured and beaten, his captors bound him hand and foot, slashed his throat and threw him over a bridge into the Choluteca river, which flows through the centre of the city.
Although his vocal cords were severed, the blade missed key arteries and Jaime was rescued by residents of homes that cling to the bank of the river. Fearing further reprisals Jaime was forced to seek political exile in Mexico as soon as he was well enough to travel.
Unfortunately, Jaime arrived in Mexico in late February, only weeks before the COVID-19 pandemic forced the shut down of much of the economy and government services. Although the Mexican government has granted him refugee status, with government offices and service shut-down, Jaime has been unable to obtain the residency documentation that would enable him to find work or properly settle.