HondurasOfficial Name: Republic of Honduras
Embassies and Consulates
Avenida La Paz
Telephone: 011-504-2236-9320 or 011-504-2238-5114
Emergency Telephone: 011-504-2236-8497 or (504) 2238-5114 or (504) 2236-9320, extension 4100.
U.S. Consular Agent - San Pedro Sula
Banco Atlántida Building
11th Floor, across the street from Central Park
San Pedro Sula
Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays from 12:00 to 4:00 p.m.
Emergency Telephone: Please contact the U.S. Embassy in Tegucigalpa.
Honduras and the United States have been treaty partners under the 1980 Hague Convention on the Civil Aspects of International Child Abduction Convention (Hague Abduction Convention) since June 1, 1994.
For information concerning travel to Honduras, including information about the location of the U.S. Embassy, the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program, entry/exit requirements, safety and security, crime, medical facilities and health information, traffic safety, road conditions and aviation safety, please see country-specific information for Honduras.
Hague Abduction Convention
The U.S. Department of State serves as the U.S. Central Authority (USCA) for the Hague Abduction Convention. In this capacity, the Department's Bureau of Consular Affairs, Directorate for Overseas Citizen Services, Office of Children's Issues facilitates the submission of applications under the Hague Abduction Convention for the return of, or access to, children located in countries that are U.S. treaty partners, including Honduras. Parents are strongly encouraged to contact the Department of State for assistance prior to initiating the Hague process directly with the foreign Central Authority.
U.S. Department of State
Bureau of Consular Affairs
Office of Children's Issues
SA-17, 9th Floor
Washington, DC 20522-1709
Outside the United States or Canada: 1-202-501-4444
The Honduran Central Authority for the Hague Abduction Convention is theInstituto Hondure la Familia (IHNFA) and is responsible for processing Hague applications. IHNFA may be reached at:
Instituto Hondureño de la Niñez y la Familia (IHNFA)
Calle La Salud, No 1101 frente al semáforo de El Prado
To initiate a Hague case for return of, or access to, a child in Honduras, the left-behind parent must submit a Hague application to IHNFA. The USCA is available to answer questions about the Hague application process, to forward a completed application to IHNFA, and to monitor its progress through the foreign administrative and legal processes.
There are no fees for filing Hague applications with either the United States or Honduran central authorities. Attorney fees, if necessary, are the sole responsibility of the person hiring the attorney. Additional costs may include airplane tickets for court appearances and for the return of the child, if so ordered.
A parent or legal guardian may file an application under the Hague Abduction Convention for return to the United States of a child abducted to, or wrongfully retained in, Honduras. The U.S. Department of State can assist parents living in the United States to understand whether the Convention is an available civil remedy and can provide information on the process for submitting a Hague application.
A person may file an application under the Hague Abduction Convention for access to a child living in Honduras. The criteria for acceptance of a Hague access application vary from country to country. The U.S. Department of State can assist parents living in the United States to understand country-specific criteria and provide information on the process for submitting a Hague application.
Retaining an Attorney
Retaining a private attorney is not required to file Hague Convention applications with courts in Honduras. However, parents should consider hiring a private attorney to follow up on cases, provide information to courts, and advise on courses of action appropriate for their individual circumstances. A privately-hired attorney should contact IHNFA, the Honduran Central Authority, as soon as possible after the Hague Abduction Convention application has been filed. IHNFA does not act as a parent's legal representative. However, IHNFA presents Convention applications to courts, and an IHNFA representative attends court proceedings.
The U.S. Embassy in Tegucigalpa, Honduras posts a list of attorneys, including those who specialize in family law.
This list is provided as a courtesy service only and does not constitute an endorsement of any individual attorney. The Department of State assumes no responsibility or liability for the professional ability or reputation of, or the quality of services provided by, the following persons or firms. Professional credentials and areas of expertise are provided directly by the lawyers..
IHNFA promotes mediation to resolve abduction cases and will attempt to initiate mediation in all Hague Abduction Convention cases.
We strongly discourage taking matters into your own hands. The measures could be illegal and may delay your child’s return. Attempts to re-abduct your child from the United States may:
- Endanger your child and others;
- Prejudice any future judicial efforts you might wish to make in the United States; and
- Could even result in your arrest and imprisonment.
Finally, there is no guarantee that the chain of abductions would end with the one committed by you. A parent who has re-abducted a child may have to go to extraordinary lengths to conceal his or her whereabouts, living in permanent fear that the child may be re-abducted yet again.
If you are contemplating such desperate measures, we advise you to consider the emotional trauma inflicted on a child who is a victim of an abduction and a re-abduction. We discourage re-abduction not only because it is illegal, but also because of possible psychological harm to the child.
DISCLAIMER: The information in this flyer is provided for general information only, is not intended to be legal advice, and may change without notice. Questions involving interpretation of law should be addressed to an attorney licensed in the relevant jurisdiction.