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For main article see: Current Volunteers The following are highlights from 2011 See others that have made the front page of the wiki:

The following articles and videos are the results of independent video projects and writing of current and recently returned volunteers:


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