Author - Joanne Roll

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Thursday, June 22 is Action Day for Health Justice for Peace Corps Volunteers
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How will the reinstated Mexico City Policy impact Peace Corps Programs?
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Peace Corps Office of the Inspector General -Semiannual Report to Congress
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Do You Know Jack: JFK and the Peace Corps – Read More and Listen to JFK
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JFK 100 Commemoration for the Peace Corps Community
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NPCA issues statement on Peace Corps 2018 budget
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New legislation introduced to improve health services for Peace Corps Volunteers
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Plan for Peace Corps in the Absence of Appropriations
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The Peace Corps community mourns the tragic loss of two serving Volunteers
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Kennedy Library, NPCA and BARPCV commemorate JFK 100

Thursday, June 22 is Action Day for Health Justice for Peace Corps Volunteers

  NPCA will be in the Halls of Congress to advocate for HR 2259, A.K.A. The Sam Farr Peace Corps Enhancement Act, June 22.  NPCA gives eight reasons why we should support this important bill.  If the links within the article do not work, as it is copied and pasted here, then use this link to go directly to the NPCA website.  If you are going to be in the Washington DC area, you can sign up to walk the Halls with other RPCVS.  If that is not an option, then use the link to contact your Congressional Representative. Here is the article: http://www.peacecorpsconnect.org/articles/eight-reasons-you-should-support-peace-corps-health-legislation “As the Peace Corps community prepares for our 3rd annual Health Justice Awareness Day on June 22nd, here are eight reasons why you should join us on Capitol Hill or make plans to take action to advance Peace Corps health legislation in the House of Representatives (HR 2259, A.K.A. The Sam Farr Peace Corps Enhancement Act). The . . .

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How will the reinstated Mexico City Policy impact Peace Corps Programs?

We don’t know. It is complicated. President Trump has reinstated and expanded the Mexico City Policy on abortion, first announced by President Reagan in 1984. My understanding is that the Reagan Memorandum applied to non-governmental organizations, which received US funding. President Trump’s Memorandum expanded to include all departments or agencies. Wikipedia describes Reagan’s policy: The policy requires non-governmental organizations to “agree as a condition of their receipt of [U.S.] federal funds” that they would “neither perform nor actively promote abortion as a method of family planning in other nations”.[11] The policy has exceptions for abortions done in response to rape, incest, or life-threatening conditions (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mexico_City_policy) Here is the link to Reagan’s original policy statement: http://abortion.procon.org/sourcefiles/MexicoCityPolicy1984.pdf On January 27, 2017, President Trump expanded the policy: “I direct the Secretary of State, in coordination with the Secretary of Health and Human Services, to the extent allowable by law, to implement a plan to extend the . . .

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Peace Corps Office of the Inspector General -Semiannual Report to Congress

The Peace Corps Office of the Inspector General reports to Congress twice a year. Here is the link to the latest report from the OIG to Congress.  It is of interest because it describes the trial and outcome regarding the  murder of Kate Puzey.  The section dealing with that report is printed here. The OIG also is charged with various audits.  In this report, there is the evaluation of programs in China and Georgia. Semiannual Report to Congress October 1, 2016 to March 31, 2017 https://s3.amazonaws.com/files.peacecorps.gov/documents/inspector-general/OIG_Semiannual_Report_to_Congress_Oct_2016_-_March_2017.pdf  Here is the section describing the investigation into the murder of Kate Puzey (page 24) “The U.S. Government has been assisting the Government of Benin with the ongoing investigation into Ms. Puzey’s death since 2009. Peace Corps OIG’s initial involvement in the case focused on the circumstances surrounding the related disclosure of confidential information, including the role of agency staff and contractors. Subsequently, OIG . . .

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JFK 100 Commemoration for the Peace Corps Community

  CLICK for full information about the Commemoration. MAY 27, 2017 @ 2:00 PM EST John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum Columbia Point, Boston, MA The John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum is proud to partner with National Peace Corps Association (NPCA) and Boston Area Returned Peace Corps Volunteers (BARPCV) to host the Peace Corps community at a centennial commemoration of President Kennedy. Since President Kennedy founded the Peace Corps in 1961, over 225,000 Americans have served as Peace Corps Volunteers in 141 countries around the world. This special centennial event will celebrate the lasting legacy of President Kennedy and the enduring impact that Peace Corps Volunteers and Returned Peace Corps Volunteers continue to have at home and abroad. Details: 9:00 am – 5:00 pm: Museum open to visitors Free admission for Returned Peace Corps Volunteers and former Peace Corps staff 2:00 pm – 6:00 pm: Special Program . . .

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NPCA issues statement on Peace Corps 2018 budget

  From the National Peace Corps Association: Today the Trump Administration announced its proposal to cut almost $12 million from Peace Corps’ present budget, lowering it to $398 million for fiscal year 2018. This amounts to the largest proposed cut to the Peace Corps by a president in over 40 years. With these cuts,  the agency will likely be unable to increase the number of volunteers for greater impact in over 60 countries,  make programmatic improvements volunteers need to be effective, or invest in our domestic dividend through support for returned volunteers’ work in their local communities. The budget proposal also requests disproportionate 32% cuts to the topline International Affairs Budget, bringing America’s development and diplomacy programs back to 9/11 levels and hampering the ability of Peace Corps’ partners to strengthen interagency project implementation. Glenn Blumhorst, president and CEO of National Peace Corps Association, responded to the president’s proposed cuts: Considering the challenges we currently face at . . .

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New legislation introduced to improve health services for Peace Corps Volunteers

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Congressman Ted Poe (R-TX) and Congressman Joe Kennedy III (D-MA) introduced the bipartisan Sam Farr Peace Corps Enhancement Act (H.R. 2259) to improve the health, safety and well-being of current and returned Peace Corps volunteers. Peace Corps volunteers represent what is best about America. They give years of their lives to help others whom they have never met, building goodwill across the globe for the United States. After Nick Castle, a 23-year-old Peace Corps volunteer teaching in rural China, fell violently ill in January 2013, no one recognized the severity of his symptoms and he passed away. A 2014 Peace Corps Inspector General report found that Nick was the victim of medical negligence and exposed “failures and delays in treatment” that ultimately led to his death. “After Nick’s death, it became clear that the Peace Corps staff was not properly trained or equipped and failed to respond,” said Congressman Ted Poe. “When young American Peace Core volunteers head . . .

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Plan for Peace Corps in the Absence of Appropriations

There is some uncertainty about continuing funding for the federal government as Congress deliberates on a budge and/or a continuing budget resolution.  In a statement published in December of 2016, Peace Corps outlined its plans in the event there is temporary absence of appropriations.  Here is the link: http://files.peacecorps.gov/multimedia/pdf/documents/Peace_Corps_Operations_Plan_in_the_Absence_of_Appropriations.pdf

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The Peace Corps community mourns the tragic loss of two serving Volunteers

  Peace Corps service is not without real risks, as these two tragedies demonstrate. • CBS4News in Denver, Colorado reported on the death of PCV Cody Oser in Panama, recently. Cody Oser was an Engineering Graduate of Colorado State University. Oser’s father, Steven, tells CBS4 there is “absolutely no foul play.”His son’s body was found in the shallow water of a creek. “He was going down by a river and going across some boulders and he slipped,” said his father.” In a news release, acting Peace Corps director Sheila Crowley said, “His impressive engineering skills made him stand out as a volunteer because he dedicated himself to working with communities around the world to find solutions to their technological needs. His passing is a profound loss for the Peace Corps community as we mourn along with his family and friends.” The news report concluded: “The family is already starting an effort . . .

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Kennedy Library, NPCA and BARPCV commemorate JFK 100

  JFK100 MAY 27, 2017 @ 2:00 PM EST John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum Columbia Point, Boston, MA The John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum is proud to partner with National Peace Corps Association (NPCA) and Boston Area Returned Peace Corps Volunteers (BARPCV) to host the Peace Corps community at a centennial commemoration of the birth of President Kennedy. Since President Kennedy founded the Peace Corps in 1961, over 225,000 Americans have served as Peace Corps Volunteers in 141 countries around the world. Peace Corps Volunteers embody core American values of cooperation, understanding, and peace. And beyond service, Volunteers return home to carry out the “Third Goal” of Peace Corps – to promote a better understanding of the countries in which they served. Whether as educators, entrepreneurs, humanitarian aid workers, public officials, community leaders, and fellow citizens, RPCVs continue to live by these ideals and share the . . .

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