Mission to Support the Fight against Corruption and Impunity in Honduras

About the Mission

The Mission to Support the Fight against Corruption and Impunity in Honduras works to support the country in combating corruption and impunity from an integral vision. Not only we work investigating cases involving relevant networks of public and private corruption, but our effort is focused on reforming and strengthening institutions that would prevent this scourge that is undermining the credibility of the authorities and the political system.

We are the first mission in the history of the OAS working in order to support the fight against corruption in a Member State. Our aim is to actively collaborate with the country's institutions and civil society to dismantle the scaffolding that promotes corruption and impunity, and strengthening the mechanisms for judicial investigation, control of public resources and control of power.

The MACCIH acts with full autonomy and independence: only governed by the agreement between the OAS with the Government of Honduras, signed on January 19, 2016 and, within that framework, by the instructions of the Secretary General. The MACCIH began operations in Honduras on April 19, 2016.

Objectives

  1. 1. To contribute to the fulfillment by the Honduran State of the international commitments it acquired through the Inter-American Convention against Corruption and the MESICIC, the American Declaration of the Rights and Duties of Man, and the United Nations Convention against Corruption (UNCAC);

  2. 2. To support, strengthen, and collaborate actively with the institutions of the Honduras State charged with preventing, investigating, and punishing acts of corruption;

  3. 3. To help improve coordination between the different State institutions working in this area;

  4. 4. To propose reforms of the Honduran justice system to the Government, including legislation on strengthening the fight against corruption in and from the private sector; and

  5. 5. To help strengthen the accountability mechanisms with which the State’s justice agencies report to Honduran society, and the mechanisms with which civil society observes and monitors the justice system.

Thematic Areas

The MACCIH develops its efforts through 4 large workspaces:

  • 1. Prevention and Fighting against Corruption

  • 2. Reform of Criminal Justice

  • 3. Political-Electoral Reform

  • 4. Public Security

Officers

Main Officers of the MACCIH in Honduras

Ana María Calderón
Ana María Calderón
Special Representative of the Secretary General/Acting Spokesperson of the MACCIH
Virginia Contreras
Coordinator of the Division of Public Security

Born in Venezuela. Lawyer, Master in security and defense. She has extensive experience in the fields of security, penitentiary affairs and in the criminal area. In addition, she has studies in forensic psychiatry, criminalistics, counter-terrorism and counter-insurgency, and civil-military relations, among others. Read more (Spanish only) »

Virginia Contreras Virginia Contreras
Asesor Especial contra la Corrupción y la Impunidad


Virginia Contreras es abogada, magister en seguridad y defensa, nacida en Venezuela. Posee una extensa experiencia en el tema de seguridad, asuntos penitenciarios y en el área penal, con estudios en psiquiatría forense, criminalística, contra-terrorismo y contra-insurgencia, y relaciones civil-militares, entre otros.

Se ha desempeñado como Directora de Prisiones y como Juez Penal y de Salvaguarda del Patrimonio Público, así como Juez relatora en la Corte Primera en lo Contencioso Administrativo en Venezuela. De igual forma ha actuado como abogada en relevantes causas penales en su país, y como académica en las áreas de Criminología y Derecho Penal en la Universidad Central de Venezuela. Fue embajadora de su país ante la Organización de los Estados Americanos.

Ha participado en innumerables foros y conferencias, y ha sido profesora invitada en distintas universidades e instituciones en el continente y en otras partes del mundo sobre seguridad, gobernanza, democracia y Derechos Humanos, temas sobre los que ha publicado numerosos artículos. En los últimos años trabajó en el Centro de Estudios Hemisféricos de Defensa, de la Universidad de Defensa Nacional del Departamento de Defensa de Estados Unidos, en Washington, DC. Es consultora y analista internacional en temas vinculados a la seguridad y defensa, democracia, justicia penal y Derechos Humanos.

Virginia Contreras
Maria Fernanda Trigo
Maria Fernanda Trigo
Project Coordinator of the MACCIH

A Bolivian national. She currently serves as Director of the OAS Department for Effective Public Management where she has set as its mission to strengthen public institutions in the Americas so they are more transparent, effective and have mechanisms for citizen participation. Previously, Ms. Trigo performed the functions of Deputy Director of the Department of Democratic Sustainability and Special Missions in the Political Affairs Secretariat where she led the development and implementation of a system for political analysis for the OAS General Secretariat. Read more »

Maria Fernanda Trigo
Project Coordinator of the MACCIH


A Bolivian national. She currently serves as Director of the OAS Department for Effective Public Management where she has set as its mission to strengthen public institutions in the Americas so they are more transparent, effective and have mechanisms for citizen participation. Previously, Ms. Trigo performed the functions of Deputy Director of the Department of Democratic Sustainability and Special Missions in the Political Affairs Secretariat where she led the development and implementation of a system for political analysis for the OAS General Secretariat. Ms. Trigo has worked at the OAS since January 1999. She began her career at the OAS as part of the initial team of the Summit of the Americas Secretariat, supporting the preparation and negotiation process of the Declarations and Action Plans for the Quebec (2001), Monterrey (2004) and Mar del Plata (2006) Summits of the Americas.

Ms. Trigo previously worked at the Permanent Mission of Bolivia to the OAS as alternate representative with the responsibility of supporting the organization and negotiation of documents for the Summit on Sustainable Development held in Santa Cruz, Bolivia, in 1996.

Ms. Trigo has a Masters in International Relations from Georgetown University, Washington D.C., and a BA in Mathematics from St. Mary's College in South Bend, Indiana.

Katalina Montaña
Liaison Officer of MACCIH at OAS Headquarters
Chief of Mediation and Dialogue

Katalina Montaña

 

Employment Opportunities

  • Mission's Chief of Security - P04

    Terms and Conditions

  • Administrative Officer - P03 (Selection process completed)

  • International Judge - P05 (Selection process completed)

  • Analista Informático Forense Internacional - P3 (Selection process completed)

  • Analista Internacional - P03 - 3 positions (Selection process completed)

  • Investigador Financiero Internacional - P03 - 3 Positions (Selection process completed)

  • Investigador Legal Internacional - P05 - 2 positions (Selection process completed)

  • Investigador Policial Internacional - P03 - 2 positions (Selection process completed)

  • International Judge (Selection process completed)

  • Investigador Policial Internacional (Selection process completed)

  • International Legal Investigator (Selection process completed)

  • Oficial de Operaciones del Centro de Control y Comunicaciones (Selection process completed)

  • Oficial de Seguridad e Inteligencia (Selection process completed)

  • Coordinador de Seguridad Móvil (Selection process completed)

  • Coordinador de Seguridad a Altos Funcionarios (Selection process completed)

  • Abogado Jr. del Observatorio de Justicia (Selection process completed)

    Terms and Conditions | ANEXO I | ANEXO II

  • Sociólogo del Observatorio de Justicia (Selection process completed)

    Terms and Conditions | ANEXO I | ANEXO II

  • Recruitment of Lawyers (Selection process completed)

    Terms and Conditions (in Spanish) | ANNEX I (in Spanish) | ANNEX II (in Spanish) | Evaluation Results - Curricular Phase (in Spanish)

Frequently Asked Questions

  • How does the MACCIH begun?

  • What is the strategic approach of MACCIH?

  • Can the MACCIH work on investigations on specific cases?

  • Who will select the chases where the MACCIH will be involved?