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Sexual Assault Issues with Peace Corps to be aired on CBS This Morning
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Peace Corps Mali Program Temporarily Suspended
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Shriver Scholarships Available
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RPCV Anita Datar killed in Mali Attack
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Peace Corps Volunteers and Staff Safe in Mali
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Peace Corps Times Looks at Women in Development
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Follow Up on the GAO Report on Post PC Service Disability Benefits
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John S. Noffsinger and the Global Impact of the Thomasite Experience
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Report from Congress on post service disability benefits
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Could Ambassador Christopher Stevens RPCV Been Saved?

Sexual Assault Issues with Peace Corps to be aired on CBS This Morning

Health Justice for Volunteers Founder, Nancy Tongue send out this notice: “The journalist who has been working on the sexual assault issues has notified us that her piece is going live on Monday on CBS This Morning, the national broadcast, sometime between 7 and 9am ET on Monday.” From the information that Nancy Tongue mailed, my understanding is that the focus will be on Peace Corps’s implementation of The Kate Puzey Peace Corps Volunteer Protection Act of 2011. For a good  overview, read the Peace Corps Performance and Accountability Report FY2015. It has just been published. Here is the link: http://files.peacecorps.gov/multimedia/pdf/policies/annrept2015.pdf The last section is by the is the Office of the Inspector General (OIG).  The OIG reviews its previous recommendations to Peace Corps management  and the current status of those recommendations. One ongoing concern of the OIG has been the training of overseas staff, particularly in regard to the law and sexual . . .

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Peace Corps Mali Program Temporarily Suspended

Peace Corps has issued the following press announcement: WASHINGTON, D.C., Nov. 27, 2015 – The Peace Corps today announced the temporary suspension of its program in Mali due to escalating security concerns. All Peace Corps volunteers are in the process of departing the country and the agency will continue to monitor the security environment in collaboration with the U.S. Embassy in Bamako to determine if and when volunteers can return. The Peace Corps has enjoyed a long partnership with the government and people of Mali and is committed to continuing volunteers’ work there in a safe and secure environment. Volunteers’ health, safety and security are the Peace Corps’ top priorities. There were 35 volunteers in Mali working with their communities on projects in community economic development and health. More than 2,645 Peace Corps volunteers have served in Mali since the program was established in 1971.http://www.peacecorps.gov/media/forpress/press/2612/

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Shriver Scholarships Available

The following announcement was posted in the CRPCVA weekly newsletter.  The Columbia River Peace Corps Association is a very active group.  They present a museum display of the Peace Corps Experience around the Portland area. The formatting is copied from the newsletter.  Here is the link to their webpage: http://www.crpca.org The link in the announcement should be a copy and paste if reading it here.  Many  of us may beyond Graduate School, but what a great way to honor Shriver and a wonderful opportunity to pass along. Graduate Fellowship Opportunity with
Shriver Pieceworker Fellows Program Hello RPCV’s! I am writing you from the Shriver Peaceworker Fellows Program in Baltimore, MD.  Peaceworker is a competitive graduate fellowship program exclusively for RPCVs, and our current recruitment season is open and accepting applications. Fellows complete fully funded masters degrees in any discipline while serving 20 hours per week with a nonprofit or government partner . . .

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RPCV Anita Datar killed in Mali Attack

The Washington Post is reporting that the only American killed in the Mali terror attack was RPCV Anita Datar. Here is the link to read the Post report: https://www.washingtonpost.com/local/anita-datar-was-the-only-american-killed-in-mali-she-was-there-to-help/2015/11/20/70e0b0aa-8fe6-11e5-ae1f-af46b7df8483_story.html From the report: “When she was in her early 20s, Anita Datar spent two years in Africa, serving as a Peace Corps volunteer in Senegal. She was on the continent again, this time in Mali, on Friday, when gunmen seized a luxury hotel and killed at least 20 people. Datar, a 41-year-old international development worker from Takoma Park, Md., is the only American known to have died in the attack.” Thanks to the National Peace Corps Association for posting this on their Facebook page, where I first read about it.

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Peace Corps Volunteers and Staff Safe in Mali

From Peace Corps Twitter– “All Peace Corps Mali Volunteers and Staff are safe and accounted for. PC Mali has eyes on all Volunteers (and/or direct voice contact with them). We are in communication with the Embassy and will keep Volunteers and Staff updated of the security situation in Bamako.” There is a Peace Corps contingent in Mali. From the Peace Corps website: http://www.peacecorps.gov/volunteer/learn/wherepc/africa/mali/ “There are 39 Peace Corps Volunteers in Mali working with their communities on projects in community economic development and health. During their service in Mali, Volunteers learn to speak local languages, including Bambara, French, Malinke, Minianka, and Senoufou. More than 2,645 Peace Corps Volunteers have served in Mali since the program was established in 1971.”

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Peace Corps Times Looks at Women in Development

Twice a year, Peace Corps publishes Peace Corps Times, an overview of current Peace Corps Volunteer activities around the world. The current issue, June 2015 to December 2015, focuses on “integrating and promoting gender equality in international development.” It is well written and worth reading.  In a few weeks, Peace Corps will be publishing its Annual Performance and Accountability Report FY 2015. I find it interesting to compare the bureaucratic jargon of previous PAR reports with the clear writing of the current Peace Corps Times. Please note: The Media Library referenced in the magazine is a collection of photos. Email library@peacecorps.gov for assistance in finding historical text documents that are not currently online. Here is the link: http://files.peacecorps.gov/multimedia/pdf/media/PCTimes_2015_07.pdf

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Follow Up on the GAO Report on Post PC Service Disability Benefits

Nancy Tongue and her Health Justice for Volunteers team have been working to establish adequate post service care for Volunteers who have service connected medical problems.  The GAO has issued an analysis on the benefits afforded RPCVs vs the benefits of Govermemt contractors such as State Department  and USAID.  Here is the first reporting we did on the issue : http://peacecorpsworldwide.org/report-from-congress-on-post-service-disability-benefits/ Now, Jonathan Pearson, National Peace Corps Association Advocate, has summarized the report. Read his commentary at: http://www.peacecorpsconnect.org/2015/11/study-examines-peace-corps-workers-comp-program/ Health Justice for Volunteers has reviewed the report and issued a response.  The response points out deficiency with the data in the report.  Follow the link at the bottom of Jonathan’s report to read their response.

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John S. Noffsinger and the Global Impact of the Thomasite Experience

John Coyne has been posting a series on early Peace Corps history. One of the articles referenced the early staffer, John Noffsinger.  The link to this article was rendered inactive because Peace Corps/Washington is transitioning to a new all inclusive website.  However, Elizabeth Karr, RPCV and current librarian has generously offered to help all RPCVs who wish to view the digitalized  text documents, such as this one, during this transition period. Elizabeth asks that requests be sent to the email: library@peacecorps.gov As we wait for Mary-Ann Tirone Smith’s review of Peace Corps Fantasies, John’s history becomes even more important.  Here is the link to his posting that included John S. Noffsinger.  Following the link is the article by Paul A. Rodell, RPCV. http://peacecorpsworldwide.org/ivs/ John S. Noffsinger & the Global Impact of the Thomasite Experience* By Paul A. Rodell Peace Corps/Philippines 68-71 Introduction This paper explores the life of a remarkable . . .

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Report from Congress on post service disability benefits

Nancy Tongue (RPCV Chile) is a tireless advocate for RPCVs who have had service contacted medical problems and who have had difficulty receiving the help to which they are entitled. She founded Health Justice for Volunteers http://www.healthjusticeforpeacecorpsvolunteers.org Nancy’s group is an associative group of the National Peace Corps Association. The group is working with both the NPCA and Peace Corps to create better solutions for RPCVs. Nancy has updated the work of her organization in an email and also attached the report from the GAO on post service disability benefits. From Nancy’s email message:letter-from-nancy-tongue “The Senate Foreign Relations Office has just posted the findings from their recent GAO report analyzing the difference between the benefits from the USDOL vs: what employees of the State Department receive. You will see that it was noted that they did not conduct actuarial analysis, which was what was needed in order to really understand . . .

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Could Ambassador Christopher Stevens RPCV Been Saved?

Ambassador Stevens was an RPCV. He brought his Peace Corps experience and his values to his appointment as Ambassador to Libya. He was assassinated in an terrorist attack in Libya on September 11, 2012. This week, the then Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton will testify before a House Committee investigating the circumstances surrounding the terrorist attack. In my opinion, the issues have become politicalized. Perhaps the most egregious has been a political commercial aired during the Democratic debate last week that featured the pictures of the four Americans who died at Benghazi and ended with a view of  what is supposed to be Stevens grave marker. Some families of the Fallen have deplored the ad.  To understand one accounting of what happened immediately before, during, and after the attack, read the testimony of Gregory Hicks, who was in charge when Ambassador Stevens had left on a mission.  Here is the . . .

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