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For main article see: [[Current Volunteers]]
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The following are highlights from '''2011'''
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See others that have made the front page of the wiki:
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*[[Previous_volunteer_news_2010_highlights|2010 Highlights]]
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*[[Previous_volunteer_news_2009_highlights|2009 Highlights]]
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*[[Previous_volunteer_news_2008_highlights |2008 Highlights]]
  
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The following articles and videos are the results of independent video projects and writing of current and recently returned volunteers:
  
  
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=2011 Highlights =
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==Week 1 Jan 2011==
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[[Image:Capitol.gif|300px|link=Congressional_Appropriations]] <br> Happy New Year! [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/111th_United_States_Congress The 111th US Congress] ends with defeats for all three of [[Congressional_Appropriations|Peace Corps legislative priorities]]: [[Congressional_Appropriations#Doubling_Campaign|Peace Corps doubling]], [[Congressional_Appropriations#Peace_Corps_Authorization|Peace Corps authorizatiohttp://www.peacecorpswiki.org/Previous_volunteer_news_2011_highlights?title=Previous_volunteer_news_2011_highlights&action=editn]], and a [[Congressional_Appropriations#Peace_Corps_monument_H.R._4195|Peace Corps monument]] on the Mall. How does this effect [[Advice for applicants|THOSE APPLYING]] to Peace Corps today? Read more [[Advice for applicants]]. [[Peter Hessler]] details legislative priorities Read <small>[http://bit.ly/eHHsGN more....]</small>
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==Week 2 Jan 2011==
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[[Image:20_20_logo.jpg|300px|link=http://abcn.ws/gbG3Tr]] <br>
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[http://abcn.ws/gbG3Tr 20/20 Broadcast January 14 at 10 pm ET] an '''[http://bit.ly/geCuti Investigative Report on the Peace Corps]'''. An hour long report by [http://abcn.ws/gbG3Tr ABC News] reporters.
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==Week 3 Jan 2011==
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[[Image:First-Action-Response.gif|433px|link=http://bit.ly/gxNTQs]] <br>
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Several '''bold''' RPCVs were interviewed on [http://abcn.ws/gbG3Tr ABC News 20/20 January 14th] for a half hour '''[http://bit.ly/geCuti Investigative Report on the Peace Corps]'''. '''''"[http://bit.ly/gxNTQs First Response Action] advocates for a stronger Peace Corps response for Volunteers who are survivors or victims of physical and sexual violence. We envision a Peace Corps with policies that reflect best practices in all areas of training, prevention and response. For more information email firstresponseaction@gmail.com"'''''
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==Week 4 Jan 2011==
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{{youtube|S8FIwYQI3Mo|400}} [http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S8FIwYQI3Mo Weekly ThirdGoal Contest] Share your photos, stories, and videos for chance to win a prize every Sunday before 11:59pm PST. Check out http://www.thirdgoal.org for more information.
  
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==Week 5 Feb 2011==
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[[Image:NPCA-Williams-Response.gif|400px|link=NPCA_Letter_to_Director_Williams_and_Response]]
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<br>[[Whistle Blowers get no mention in NPCA Letter to Director Williams and Response]] relating to the ABC News [http://bit.ly/h32Jbl 20/20 Peace Corps Report] which has been making waves in Washington DC, see [http://bit.ly/gMcTbS Congressman Ted Poe on the House Floor]. ABC's Chief Investigative Journalist [http://abcn.ws/hM7Qgk Brian Ross] interviews [[Chuck Ludlam]] and [[Paula Hirschoff]] on [http://abcn.ws/gHD6xm What Happened to the Peace Corps?]. In the interview the [http://bit.ly/gEDVZE Iron Law of Bureaucracy] is cited as a reason for the agency's current state.
  
Despite intermittent talks between the government of the newly independent Republic of Vanuatu and the Peace Corps through the 1980s, a country agreement was not signed until 1989. The first Peace Corps Volunteers arrived in Port Vila in late 1989. During the first four years of its existence (October 1989 to August 1993), the Peace Corps/Vanuatu program was administered by Peace Corps/Solomon Islands. Following the initial programming assessment trip, the Peace Corps decided to focus resources and Volunteers in the education sector. The first three Volunteers arrived in 1989, and they were assigned to teach either math or science at two different junior secondary schools. They were followed a year later by three additional math and science teachers.
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==Week 6 Feb 2011==
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[[Image:Abc_brianross.jpg|400px|link=http://abcn.ws/hsmAX3]]
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[http://abcn.ws/hsmAX3 ABC's] Chief Investigative Journalist [http://abcn.ws/hsmAX3 Brian Ross] interviews [[Chuck Ludlam]] and [[Paula Hirschoff]] on [http://abcn.ws/hsmAX3 What Happened to the Peace Corps?].[[Whistle Blowers get no mention in NPCA Letter to Director Williams and Response]]
  
The third group of Peace Corps Volunteers, three small business advisors assigned to work at the Development Bank of Vanuatu, arrived in mid-1991. They trained bank personnel assigned to the various branch offices located around the country. These Volunteers were soon followed by what would be the last contingent of math and science teachers assigned to the junior secondary school system. By the time these Volunteers completed their service in December 1993, the Ministry of Education was confident that Vanuatu no longer needed such teachers. Unfortunately, this assessment turned out to be inaccurate so the Peace Corps continued to provide assistance in this area. This group also included the first Volunteer assigned to a rural training center.
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==Week 7-8 Feb 2011==
  
The second group of small business advisors arrived in November 1992, bringing the total number of Volunteers in-country to 11, divided across five different assignment areas. To assist in the day-to-day management of the program, a Peace Corps representative/nurse was hired. However, it became increasingly clear that the program could not be efficiently managed and administered from Honiara, almost 1,000 miles away, so a Peace Corps office in Port Vila opened in September 1993. Establishing a permanent, day-to-day presence in Vanuatu led to a more collaborative and mutually productive relationship with the government. This permanent presence also allowed the Peace Corps to explore new programming areas and increase the number of Volunteers who could be effectively and efficiently supported in-country.  
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[[Image:Matthew_Peak_letter_to_Director_Williams.jpg|400px|link=http://www.peacecorpswiki.org/images/2_14_11_Matthew_Peake_letter_to_Director_Williams.pdf]]<br>
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[[Matthew Peake]] PCV [[Fiji]] writes to '''Director Williams''': "...In the last decade it was more likely a female PCV was sexually assaulted or raped (4.16%) than it was for a US soldier serving during the Iraq war (2003-2009) to be killed (0.28%) or wounded (2.0%) in action." He then asks: "Why does Peace Corps continue to place young women alone in 3rd world countries when faced with these overwhelming assault
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statistics?" and the "...highest percentage of political appointees of an agency in Washington..." <small>[http://www.peacecorpswiki.org/images/2_14_11_Matthew_Peake_letter_to_Director_Williams.pdf Letter]</small>
  
In 1993, there were 10 Volunteers in-country, this number increased to 16 in January 1994. This number had tripled by 1998, and by 2000 there were 50 Volunteers. Most Volunteers continued to be placed in education assignments in secondary schools, rural training centers and communities. In 2001, the Peace Corps recruited its first youth development Volunteers to work in the Vanuatu’s Department of Youth and Sports.  These Volunteers worked in activities related to environment, youth development, business development and agriculture.
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==Week 9 March 2011==
  
===History and Future of Peace Corps Programming in Vanuatu===
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[[Image:360-review-whistle-blower.jpg|400px|link=http://www.peacecorpswiki.org/images/Doc_bundle_PC_response_to_whistler_blower_after_20_20.pdf]]
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<br>[[Whistle Blowers get no mention in NPCA Letter to Director Williams and Response]] relating to the ABC News [http://bit.ly/h32Jbl 20/20 Peace Corps Report] which has been making waves in Washington DC, see [http://bit.ly/gMcTbS Congressman Ted Poe on the House Floor]. ABC's Chief Investigative Journalist [http://abcn.ws/hM7Qgk Brian Ross] interviews [[Chuck Ludlam]] and [[Paula Hirschoff]] on [http://abcn.ws/gHD6xm What Happened to the Peace Corps?]. In the interview the [http://bit.ly/gEDVZE Iron Law of Bureaucracy] is cited as a reason for the agency's current state. [[FOIA]] response [[FOIA_11061|11-061]] is revealing about [[Whistle_Blowers_get_no_mention_in_NPCA_Letter_to_Director_Williams_and_Response#Handling_of_Volunteer_.2F_Trainee_Allegations|agency priorities]]. A Congressional hearing is planned for [http://firstresponseaction.blogspot.com/2011/02/first-response-action-requests-your.html late March 2011].
  
Peace Corps Volunteers contribute in very important ways to Vanuatu’s national goal of increasing opportunities for Ni-Vanuatu, particularly those living in rural areas. Volunteers support the work of development partners that include government departments, nongovernmental organizations (NGOs), local institutions and communities. Ni-Vanuatu counterparts work with Volunteers to build capacity and to make projects sustainable beyond the service of the Volunteer.
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==Week 12 2011==
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[[Image:Medcheck.jpg|400px|link=http://www.peacecorpswiki.org/Medical_Information#An_RPCV_looks_at_the_Peace_Corps_Screening_and_Medical_Clearance_Process]]
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*[[Medical_Information#An_RPCV_looks_at_the_Peace_Corps_Screening_and_Medical_Clearance_Process|An RPCV looks at the PC Screening and Medical Clearance Process ]]
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*[[Medical_Clearance_System]]
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*[[Advice for applicants]]
  
The Peace Corps program in Vanuatu helps: Ni-Vanuatu increase opportunities for education and training and improve the quality of education for young people; communities develop and implement strategies for the wise and sustainable use of their marine, terrestrial, and cultural resources; identify and promote opportunities for income generation by Ni-Vanuatu through a hands-on approach to training, production, and the marketing of products and services; promote sustainable and integrated agricultural systems that balance livelihood security, income generation, and environmental conservation; increase awareness of and empower communities to improve the quality of community health; encourage youth and women to take an active, leading roles in development; and facilitate the delivery of other important development programs and resources to rural communities and institutions.
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==Week 13-16 2011==
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[[Image:crimes.jpg|200px|link=http://www.peacecorpswiki.org/images/OIGSARC.pdf]]
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*[http://www.peacecorpswiki.org/images/OIGSARC.pdf Violent Crimes Against Peace Corps Volunteers 1989 – 2010 (As reported in the Office of Inspector General’s Semiannual Reports to Congress)]
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*[[FOIA|Freedom of Information Act]]
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*[[Advice for applicants]]
  
Volunteers are divided between two projects: the Strengthening Human Resources through Education Project (SHREP), and the Resource Stewardship, Enterprise Promotion, Agriculture, and Community Health (REACH) Project. With SHREP, Volunteers work as in-service trainers of primary school teachers; teachers of math, science and information technology (IT) at secondary schools; and capacity builders at rural vocational training centers. We are also gradually increasing the number of rural training centers that we work with and assisting more students with curriculum development. In 2002, Peace Corps placed the first primary school teacher trainers to work with zone curriculum advisors for the Department of Primary Education.  
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==Week 17-18 2011==
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[[Image:GlobalVSCover2010.jpg|300px||link=http://www.peacecorpswiki.org/images/Global_VS2010.pdf]][[Image:Vsreports.jpg|300px||link=http://www.peacecorpswiki.org/images/Global_VS2010.pdf]]
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*The [[Volunteer Surveys]] are the annual surveys of all volunteers conducted by the Office of Strategic Information, Research and Planning
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*The most current report is: [http://www.peacecorpswiki.org/images/Global_VS2010.pdf2010 Global 2010 Annual Volunteer Survey]
  
 
   
 
   
Peace Corps/Vanuatu currently has 80 Volunteers serving as:
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==Week 19 2011==
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[[Image:Capitol.gif|300px|link=Ludlam_statement_House_Congressional_hearing_May_11_2011]] <br> [http://1.usa.gov/ip7dne House Congressional Hearing] today 9:30am will be available on the [http://foreignaffairs.house.gov/ committee website] and                 
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[http://www.c-spanvideo.org/schedule CSPAN]. The following statements are from the women testifying this morning:
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*[http://peacecorpswiki.org/images/Clark_Written_Testimony.pdf Clark Written Testimony]
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*[http://peacecorpswiki.org/images/Koenen_Written_Testimony.pdf Koenen Written Testimony]
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*[http://peacecorpswiki.org/images/Smocheck_Written_Testimony.pdf Smocheck Written Testimony]
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'''''"...The Peace Corps has been tenacious in suppressing bad publicity. It conceals information about the many Volunteers who [[ET|quit early]] and the serious problems revealed in its Volunteer [[2008_Volunteer_Survey|survey results]]. During the recent campaign to [[Congressional_Appropriations#Doubling_Campaign|expand the number of Volunteers]] in the field, the Peace Corps and [[NPCA|National Peace Corps Association]] quashed [[Peace_Corps_Volunteer_Empowerment_Act|pending reform]] legislation and [[Congressional_Appropriations#Peace_Corps_Authorization|discussion of reforms]]. Moreover, the Volunteers have little incentive to speak up for change. Instead, many [[ET|quit early in frustration]], often blaming themselves for the problems they experienced...."''''' <br>       
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- [[Chuck Ludlam]] RPCV [[Nepal|Nepal 1968-70]] & [[Senegal|Senegal 2005-07]] <br>
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*How does this effect [[Advice for applicants|THOSE APPLYING]] to Peace Corps today?                       
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*[http://abcnews.go.com/Blotter/abortion-quit-raped-peace-corps-volunteer-forced-choose/ ABC News Coverage]
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*[[Peter Hessler]] details legislative priorities Read <small>[http://bit.ly/eHHsGN more....]</small>
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*[http://www.nytimes.com/2011/05/11/us/11corps.html New York Times - Peace Corps Volunteers Speak Out on Rape]
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*[http://firstresponseaction.blogspot.com First Response Action]
  
* secondary school teachers
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==Week 20-30 2011==
* rural training center instructors
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[[Image:1280_congressial.jpg|300px|link=http://www.peacecorpswiki.org/images/S.1280_Peace_Corps_Act.pdf]]<br>
* primary school teacher trainers
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[http://www.peacecorpswiki.org/images/S.1280_Peace_Corps_Act.pdf The Kate Puzey Peace Corps Volunteer Protection Act] "...develop and implement comprehensive sexual assault risk-reduction and response training that is based upon best practices in the sexual assault field to respond to reports of sexual assault." [http://www.peacecorpswiki.org/images/S.1280_Peace_Corps_Act.pdf 1280_Peace_Corps_Act]
* youth development workers
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For more information: http://www.katesvoice.net/ and http://firstresponseaction.org/
* cooperative and business development advisors
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* environmental conservation advisors
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* agro-enterprise advisors
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Volunteers involved in REACH facilitate development opportunities for women and youth; promote stewardship of natural resources, encourage sustainable and viable business and agriculture opportunities, build the capacity of communities, and help improve community health.  
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==Week 36 2011==
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[[Image:Wp.png|300px|link=http://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/crimes-against-volunteers-vex-peace-corps/2011/08/04/gIQALCuaSJ_story.html]]<br> [http://www.washingtonpost.com/lisa-rein/2011/03/04/ABdrNsN_page.html Lisa Rien] "...[http://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/crimes-against-volunteers-vex-peace-corps/2011/08/04/gIQALCuaSJ_story.html The Post reported Sunday] on how the Peace Corps responds when a volunteer overseas is a crime victim. Almost three years ago, the agency shifted responsibility from trained federal agents working for the inspector general’s office to the Peace Corps’ local security staff overseas...'''We want to hear from current and former volunteers or anyone else associated with the Peace Corps. What are your views of the current system, and is it working? What have your experiences been with violent crime in the Peace Corps? Please respond below.'''
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*<big>[http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/federal-eye/post/call-out-to-peace-corps-community/2011/08/22/gIQANv98VJ_blog.html Washington Post Response Form]</big>
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*[http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/federal-eye/post/peace-corps-volunteers-share-their-stories-about-crime-overseas/2011/03/23/gIQAxI0KbJ_blog.html Volunteer responses posted by the Washington Post]
  
There are Volunteers on 18 of the most populated islands and this coverage will gradually expand. Peace Corps/Vanuatu looks forward to continuing to provide quality programming that responds to the needs and aspirations of the Ni-Vanuatu people.
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==Week 39 2011==
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[[Image:Wp.png|300px|link=http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/federal-eye/post/former-volunteers-sue-peace-corps/2011/03/23/gIQAHh3AvJ_blog.html]]<br> [http://www.washingtonpost.com/lisa-rein/2011/03/04/ABdrNsN_page.html Lisa Rien] <big>"...[http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/federal-eye/post/former-volunteers-sue-peace-corps/2011/03/23/gIQAHh3AvJ_blog.html Former volunteers sue Peace Corps] A federal lawsuit alleges that the organization withheld data that could help volunteers..."</big>
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[http://www.peacecorpswiki.org/images/Legal_Filing_Peace_Corps_FOIA_Complaint_August_31.pdf NEW Lawsuit over FOIA request:]
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'''Specifically, Plaintiffs seek disclosure of the individual Country Reports (hereinafter, “country-by-country breakouts” or
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“breakout surveys”) prepared from the responses to the Peace Corps Volunteer 2009 Annual Volunteer Survey (“2009 AVS”) and the responses to the Peace Corps Volunteer 2010 Annual Volunteer Survey (“2010 AVS”).'''
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[http://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/sexual-assault-and-the-peace-corps/2011/09/01/gIQAxIDZ2J_story.html Letter to Washington Post Editor] in response to last week's [http://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/crimes-against-volunteers-vex-peace-corps/2011/08/04/gIQALCuaSJ_story.html front page story]
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[http://www.washingtonpost.com/lisa-rein/2011/03/04/ABdrNsN_page.html Lisa Rien] "...
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'''We want to hear from current and former volunteers or anyone else associated with the Peace Corps. What are your views of the current system, and is it working? What have your experiences been with violent crime in the Peace Corps? Please respond below.'''
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*<big>[http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/federal-eye/post/call-out-to-peace-corps-community/2011/08/22/gIQANv98VJ_blog.html Washington Post Response Form]</big>
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*[http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/federal-eye/post/peace-corps-volunteers-share-their-stories-about-crime-overseas/2011/03/23/gIQAxI0KbJ_blog.html Volunteer responses posted by the Washington Post]
  
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[http://thomas.loc.gov/cgi-bin/query/z?c112:H.R.854:# H.R. 854] Hearing to "...To authorize the Peace Corps Commemorative Foundation to establish a commemorative work in the District of Columbia and its environs...." [http://www.peacecorpswiki.org/Peace_Corps_monument more]
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2011 Highlights

Week 1 Jan 2011

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Happy New Year! The 111th US Congress ends with defeats for all three of Peace Corps legislative priorities: Peace Corps doubling, Peace Corps authorizatiohttp://www.peacecorpswiki.org/Previous_volunteer_news_2011_highlights?title=Previous_volunteer_news_2011_highlights&action=editn, and a Peace Corps monument on the Mall. How does this effect THOSE APPLYING to Peace Corps today? Read more Advice for applicants. Peter Hessler details legislative priorities Read more....

Week 2 Jan 2011

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20/20 Broadcast January 14 at 10 pm ET an Investigative Report on the Peace Corps. An hour long report by ABC News reporters.

Week 3 Jan 2011

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Several bold RPCVs were interviewed on ABC News 20/20 January 14th for a half hour Investigative Report on the Peace Corps. "First Response Action advocates for a stronger Peace Corps response for Volunteers who are survivors or victims of physical and sexual violence. We envision a Peace Corps with policies that reflect best practices in all areas of training, prevention and response. For more information email firstresponseaction@gmail.com"

Week 4 Jan 2011

Template:Youtube Weekly ThirdGoal Contest Share your photos, stories, and videos for chance to win a prize every Sunday before 11:59pm PST. Check out http://www.thirdgoal.org for more information.

Week 5 Feb 2011

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Whistle Blowers get no mention in NPCA Letter to Director Williams and Response relating to the ABC News 20/20 Peace Corps Report which has been making waves in Washington DC, see Congressman Ted Poe on the House Floor. ABC's Chief Investigative Journalist Brian Ross interviews Chuck Ludlam and Paula Hirschoff on What Happened to the Peace Corps?. In the interview the Iron Law of Bureaucracy is cited as a reason for the agency's current state.

Week 6 Feb 2011

400px ABC's Chief Investigative Journalist Brian Ross interviews Chuck Ludlam and Paula Hirschoff on What Happened to the Peace Corps?.Whistle Blowers get no mention in NPCA Letter to Director Williams and Response

Week 7-8 Feb 2011

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Matthew Peake PCV Fiji writes to Director Williams: "...In the last decade it was more likely a female PCV was sexually assaulted or raped (4.16%) than it was for a US soldier serving during the Iraq war (2003-2009) to be killed (0.28%) or wounded (2.0%) in action." He then asks: "Why does Peace Corps continue to place young women alone in 3rd world countries when faced with these overwhelming assault statistics?" and the "...highest percentage of political appointees of an agency in Washington..." Letter

Week 9 March 2011

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Whistle Blowers get no mention in NPCA Letter to Director Williams and Response relating to the ABC News 20/20 Peace Corps Report which has been making waves in Washington DC, see Congressman Ted Poe on the House Floor. ABC's Chief Investigative Journalist Brian Ross interviews Chuck Ludlam and Paula Hirschoff on What Happened to the Peace Corps?. In the interview the Iron Law of Bureaucracy is cited as a reason for the agency's current state. FOIA response 11-061 is revealing about agency priorities. A Congressional hearing is planned for late March 2011.

Week 12 2011

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Week 13-16 2011

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Week 17-18 2011

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Week 19 2011

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House Congressional Hearing today 9:30am will be available on the committee website and CSPAN. The following statements are from the women testifying this morning:

"...The Peace Corps has been tenacious in suppressing bad publicity. It conceals information about the many Volunteers who quit early and the serious problems revealed in its Volunteer survey results. During the recent campaign to expand the number of Volunteers in the field, the Peace Corps and National Peace Corps Association quashed pending reform legislation and discussion of reforms. Moreover, the Volunteers have little incentive to speak up for change. Instead, many quit early in frustration, often blaming themselves for the problems they experienced...."
- Chuck Ludlam RPCV Nepal 1968-70 & Senegal 2005-07

Week 20-30 2011

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The Kate Puzey Peace Corps Volunteer Protection Act "...develop and implement comprehensive sexual assault risk-reduction and response training that is based upon best practices in the sexual assault field to respond to reports of sexual assault." 1280_Peace_Corps_Act For more information: http://www.katesvoice.net/ and http://firstresponseaction.org/

Week 36 2011

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Lisa Rien "...The Post reported Sunday on how the Peace Corps responds when a volunteer overseas is a crime victim. Almost three years ago, the agency shifted responsibility from trained federal agents working for the inspector general’s office to the Peace Corps’ local security staff overseas...We want to hear from current and former volunteers or anyone else associated with the Peace Corps. What are your views of the current system, and is it working? What have your experiences been with violent crime in the Peace Corps? Please respond below.

Week 39 2011

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Lisa Rien "...Former volunteers sue Peace Corps A federal lawsuit alleges that the organization withheld data that could help volunteers..." NEW Lawsuit over FOIA request: Specifically, Plaintiffs seek disclosure of the individual Country Reports (hereinafter, “country-by-country breakouts” or “breakout surveys”) prepared from the responses to the Peace Corps Volunteer 2009 Annual Volunteer Survey (“2009 AVS”) and the responses to the Peace Corps Volunteer 2010 Annual Volunteer Survey (“2010 AVS”).


Letter to Washington Post Editor in response to last week's front page story Lisa Rien "... We want to hear from current and former volunteers or anyone else associated with the Peace Corps. What are your views of the current system, and is it working? What have your experiences been with violent crime in the Peace Corps? Please respond below.

Week 40 2011

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H.R. 854 Hearing to "...To authorize the Peace Corps Commemorative Foundation to establish a commemorative work in the District of Columbia and its environs...." more


Memo by Whistle Blowers on the use and effectiveness of Peace Corps new rules. "...From this episode, and everything presented above, it is hard to draw a conclusion other than that Peace Corps’ own policies and rules, even those recently promulgated to address matters like mine – the new Whistle Blower protection Rules – are fundamentally flawed...." more

Week 44 2011