Kate Puzey Peace Corps Volunteer Protection Act
- Fellow RPCVs,
If you are participating in today's "Day of Action", I urge you to thank
your Representatives and Senators for unanimously passing the Kate Puzey
Peace Corps Volunteer Protection Act. This rare piece of bipartisan
legislation was far too long in coming, and the fact that I just found out
about it today (and not from the Peace Corps) says a lot about the Peace
Corps's continuing attempts to sweep violence against PCVs under the rug.
A PCV was murdered by another PCV in 1976 in Tonga, where I later served.
No one in country ever mentioned this to us, and I only found out about it
a few years ago at NorCal's annual picnic. A volunteer in my cohort in
Tonga was raped by a Tongan man. After serving a few weeks in jail, he was
further traumatizing the PCV by writing her letters about their
"relationship." As far as I know, the Peace Corps did nothing to protect
her from this continuing violation.
Please take a moment to thank your Congress critters for doing at least one
good deed last fall, and please forward this email to any RPCVs/friends who
might like to do the same. I hope this law accomplishes its aims and makes
Peace Corps service a safer experience.
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