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A letter to Secretary Clinton is circulating in the House of Representatives regarding the murder of at least 70 LGBT Hondurans since the 2009 coup d'etat. Contact the foreign policy staffer in the Washington, DC office of your representative in the House and ask that your representative sign on to the letter.
On Monday, June 11, 2012, U.S. Rep. Jared Polis (D-CO) began circulating a House sign-on “Dear Colleague” letter addressing the murders of 70 gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgendered (LGBT) Hondurans since the June 2009 coup d'etat, and seeking specific information on the unresolved case of LGBT movement leader Walter Trochez as well as 10 cases the US Embassy in Honduras claims have been closed after investigations by the U.S.-assisted Special Victims Unit in Honduras.
Initial signers of the letter include Reps. Polis (D-CO), Cicilline (D-RI), Frank (D-MA), Baldwin (D-WI), Berman (D-CA), and Schakowsky (D-IL). The deadline to sign on to this letter is Thursday, June 21.
We need your help in securing your representative's signature on this letter to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton inquiring about the investigation and prosecution for the 70 murders of LGBT Hondurans since the coup.
The Congressional Switchboard number is (202) 224- 3121
If you do NOT know who your representative is, type in your zip code this website (in the upper right corner): http://www.house.gov/representatives
Ask to speak with the aide who handles foreign policy. Use the script below in speaking with the aide. If the aide does not recall seeing the letter, ask for his or her email address so that you can send a copy of the letter (below). If you secure an email address, you can also send the aide the Center for Constitutional Rights' reports on human rights violations in Honduras in February and March 2012 and January 2012 and December 2011.
If the foreign policy aide is not is not available, ask to leave a message on his or her answering machine. Be sure to ask for the name foreign policy staffer so you can follow up.
Script: “My name is _____. I am a constituent in (town / city neighborhood). I am calling to ask Rep. _____ to join in signing the Polis letter in seeking information from the State Department about the 70 murders of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender Hondurans since the 2009 military coup in Honduras. Has Rep. ____ seen this letter? Can I count on him/her to sign on? The deadline to sign on is June 21.”
In your phone conversation or email request, you might briefly highlight why this letter is important to you personally.
To sign on to the letter, your reps’ foreign policy staffer must email Rafael Reyneri in Rep. Polis' office to inform him.
Please follow up with the aide before the deadline to make sure that they have asked the member of Congress to sign on.