January 7, 2022
WASHINGTON – Today, Peace Corps Chief Executive Officer Carol Spahn released the following update regarding the 2019 crash that resulted in the death of Ms. Rabia Issa:
“The death of Rabia Issa in Tanzania was a horrible tragedy, and we grieve the incredible loss to her family, friends and community.
“We recognize the deep pain that was caused by Ms. Issa’s death, as well as the inequities that exist. Our ongoing work is grounded in a commitment to equity and ensuring our mission is clearly centered in our host communities. We expect all staff and every Volunteer to enter service with deep humility and respect as we seek to foster peace and understanding across cultures. We are committed to doing everything within our power to pursue policy, legislative, enhanced training and other solutions to bolster accountability.
“We understand that many questions remain about the agency’s response to Ms. Issa’s death. Although we know that no amount of money can make up for the tragic loss of Ms. Issa’s life, the Peace Corps expressed condolences and provided financial support to her family. Working with local counsel, the agency and representatives from Ms. Issa’s family agreed that the Peace Corps would provide a mutually agreed upon sum to support her sons. In 2019, the money was disbursed into a bank account established by Ms. Issa’s eldest son and the administrator of the estate. There are many other aspects of this case, including the investigation and personnel matter, which we cannot discuss due to legal and privacy considerations.
“There is more work to be done. We will continue to push to fully realize a Peace Corps that reflects the best of who we are.”