Safety/Security Legislation Introduced
By Jonathan Pearson on Friday, June 24th, 2011
Legislation introduced yesterday afternoon in the Senate and House of Representatives is designed to provide further protections and support to Peace Corps Volunteers who are subjected to violent crimes, including and especially sexual assault. The legislation is named after Kate Puzey, a Georgia Peace Corps Volunteer who was murdered during her service in Benin.
Follow this link to read the Senate legislation, introduced by Senator Johnny Isakson (R-GA).
Read this press release from Senator Isakson.
Fellow Senator Barbara Boxer (D-CA) an original co-sponsor of the legislation, joined Senator Isakson yesterday to introduce the legislation.
Nearly identical House legislation, H.R. 2337, would amend the Peace Corps Act to require sexual assault risk-reduction and response training, the development of sexual assault protocol and guidelines, the establishment of victims advocates, and the establishment of a Sexual Assault Advisory Council. The bill, introduced by Congressman Ted Poe (R-TX), has thirteen original co-sponsors, including RPCV Congressman Sam Farr (D-CA).
Other co-sponsors are: Berman (D-CA), Buerkle (R-NY), Capuano (D-MA), Connolly (D-VA), Costa (D-CA), Doggett (D-TX), Faleomavaega (D-American Samoa), Rohrabacher (R-CA), Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL), Speier (D-CA), Tsongas (D-MA) and Wilson (D-FL).
Read this press release from Congressman Poe.