Archive - January 11, 2016

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The Peace Corps El Salvador Program Suspended
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Harris Wofford Event Wednesday at New York Public Library
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Peace Corps Volunteers petition to reinstate sexual assault victims’ advocate who was pushed out

The Peace Corps El Salvador Program Suspended

WASHINGTON, D.C., January 11, 2016 – The Peace Corps today announced the suspension of its program in El Salvador due to the ongoing security environment. The agency will continue to monitor the security situation in collaboration with the U.S. Embassy in San Salvador to determine when the program can resume. The Peace Corps has enjoyed a long partnership with the government and people of El Salvador and is committed to resuming volunteers’ work there in a safe and secure environment. Volunteers’ health, safety and security are the Peace Corps’ top priorities. More than 2,300 Peace Corps volunteers have worked on community and youth development projects in communities throughout El Salvador since the program was established in 1962. PROGRAM OVERVIEW In 1962 the government of El Salvador invited Peace Corps into the country, and in April of that year the first 20 Peace Corps Volunteers to serve in El Salvador arrived.  By 1977, . . .

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Harris Wofford Event Wednesday at New York Public Library

Event Information By: Corporation for Civic Documentaries Event Description Support the upcoming documentary film on Harris Wofford and join us for an evening withSenator Wofford at the New York Public Library. As a special web offer, we are offering a limited number of tickets at $50 (normally $150) to enjoy the event and the reception afterwards, hosted by New York Public Library CEO Anthony Marx. The evening begins with an exclusive preview of the upcoming documentary on Harris Wofford, featuring Senator Ted Kennedy, Rep. John Lewis, James Carville, Bill Moyers, and others.  Anthony Marx then interviews Harris Wofford about the themes of the film, including national service, advancing Civil Rights with Martin Luther King and President Kennedy, helping to start the Peace Corps, and fighting for national health care in the U.S. Senate, and we will hear from other special guests. RSVP today, this special offer is only available for a limited time! . . .

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Peace Corps Volunteers petition to reinstate sexual assault victims’ advocate who was pushed out

The Peace Corps was mandated by Congress to hire its first advocate for victims of sexual assault. Now the agency has pushed her out. By Lisa Rein January 11 at 6:00 AM Washington Post (Courtesy of Kellie Greene) Two hundred current and returned Peace Corps volunteers around the world have signed a petition to Congress to reinstate an outspoken advocate for victims of sexual assault who was pushed out four years after lawmakers demanded that the agency show it was serious about volunteers’ security. “Survivors and their allies are asking for the immediate reinstatement of Kellie Greene as Director of Office of Victims Advocacy,” says the petition started on Change.org in December. “Kellie Greene has proven herself to be a fierce advocate for Peace Corps Volunteers who become victims of crimes during their Peace Corps Service,” the petition says. “She holds Peace Corps to a incredibly high but necessary standard. She has ushered in . . .

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