The Peace Corps Failed to Properly Supervise Missing Volunteer and Lost Track of Him
Published: Jul 20, 2001. Publicly Released: Jul 20, 2001.
Walter J. Poirier, a Peace Corps volunteer, was reportedly last seen in La Paz, Bolivia in February 2001. This report reviews (1) whether the Peace Corps failed to properly supervise Mr. Poirier’s activities and (2) the actions taken by the Peace Corps and the U.S. Embassy in Bolivia when they learned that Mr. Poirier was missing. GAO found that Mr. Poirier failed to follow Peace Corps location and notification procedures. Although the Peace Corps Associate Director responsible for Mr. Poirier while he was in Bolivia knew that Mr. Poirier was not following these procedures, he took no steps to correct the situation and, as a result, lost track of Mr. Poirier. Furthermore, the Associate Director’s failure to adequately monitor Mr. Poirier contributed to the U.S. Embassy’s difficulties in locating him. Once it was determined that Mr. Poirier was missing, the U.S. Embassy, the Peace Corps, the Bolivian National Police, and fire and rescue teams in La Paz and throughout Bolivia conducted an extensive search. So far, Mr. Poirier has not been found.
A non-Peace Corps Volunteer writes:
I began this book after three years of living and teaching in La Paz, Bolivia. While there, I enjoyed the friendship of three dedicated Peace Corps Volunteers. They introduced me to a side of Bolivia I would have never known. At the end of my tenure in La Paz, a tragedy took place. A young Peace Corps Volunteer disappeared, and to this date (2018), no one knows what happened. Friends suggested I write a nonfiction account, but to me the real story was just sad. As a fiction writer, I felt better equipped to honor this young man’s memory by exploring the “what ifs” that ensue when a person goes missing. That said, Oblivia should not be taken as an accurate account of what took place. All the characters, whether inspired by real people or not, were modeled in my imagination. Oblivia is meant to honor and encourage anyone who aspires to make a difference in the world.
Obliva: The Story
Dan Mora, a Peace Corps Volunteer in Bolivia, is missing. Will Jamie Morgan find him before it is too late? Oblivia introduces the reader to Dan Mora and Jamie Morgan, Peace Corps volunteers in Bolivia. At a crossroad in their lives, they discover the power of making a difference. Yet when Dan disappears, and Jamie is given the task of finding him, she discovers that nothing is ever as it seems in a country she and Dan have grown to love, a place they call Oblivia.
Debbie Boucher is a retired teacher. Her latest adventure was teaching at the International School of Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago, from 2012 until 2015. Debbie is bilingual and has taught at American schools in Colombia, Argentina and Bolivia, as well as in the public schools at Mammoth Lakes, California. In her spare time, she writes books. Back to Normal, Millennial Fears, and Oblivia are award-winning novels and are available through Amazon. To celebrate the publication of her latest novel, The Aunties, all of her titles are on sale as ebooks for $2.99. She makes her home in the Sierra Nevada mountains because she loves to ski, hike and play violin with the Eastern Sierra Chamber Orchestra. She is married and has two grown daughters and two granddaughters. To learn more, visit her Facebook page or her website at www.debbieboucher.com.