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In fulfilling its mandate to share the face of America with host countries, the Peace Corps is making special efforts to see that all of America’s richness is reflected in the Volunteer corps. More Americans of color are serving in today’s Peace Corps than at any time in recent years.  Differences in race, ethnic background, age, religion, and sexual orientation are expected and welcomed among our Volunteers. Part of the Peace Corps’ mission is to help dispel any notion that Americans are all of one origin or race and to establish that each of us is as American as the other despite our many differences.
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Our diversity helps us accomplish that goal. In other ways, however, it poses challenges. In Ukraine, as in other Peace Corps host countries, Volunteers’ behavior, lifestyle, background, and beliefs are judged in a cultural context very different from their own. Certain personal perspectives or characteristics commonly accepted in the United States may be quite uncommon, unacceptable, or even repressed in Ukraine.  
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==Appeal Requested June 2nd 2011==
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Dear FOIA officer,
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This is an appeal under the Freedom of Information Act, 5 U.S.C. § 552.
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It has been WELL over 20 business days since my request was received by your agency on March 21st. This period clearly exceeds the 20 days provided by the statute, thus I deem my request denied. A copy of my correspondence and the email form showing receipt by your office will be forwarded.
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The information which I have requested is clearly releasable under FOIA and in my opinion, may not validly be protected by any of the Act’s exemptions. I trust that upon re-consideration, you will reverse the decision denying me access to this material and grant my original request.
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As I have made this request in the capacity of a interested member of public and this information is of timely value, I would appreciate your expediting the consideration of my appeal in every way possible. 
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Thank you for your assistance.
  
Outside of Ukraine’s capital, residents of rural communities have had relatively little direct exposure to other cultures, races, religions, and lifestyles. What people view as typical American behavior or norms may also be a misconception, such as the belief that all Americans are rich and have blond hair and blue eyes. The people of Ukraine are justly known for their generous hospitality to foreigners; however, members of the community in which you will live may display a range of reactions to cultural differences that you present.  
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==Response Memo April 22nd 2011 ===
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We are unable to provide you a final determination on your request
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within the statutory time frame established by the FOIA.
  
To ease the transition and adapt to life in Ukraine, you may need to make some temporary, yet fundamental, compromises in how you present yourself as an American and as an individual. For example, female trainees and Volunteers may not be able to exercise the independence available to them in the United States; political discussions need to be handled with great care; and some of your personal beliefs may best remain undisclosed. You will need to develop techniques and personal strategies for coping with these types of challenges. The Peace Corps staff will lead diversity and sensitivity discussions during pre-service training and will be on call to provide support, but the challenge ultimately will be your own.  
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We anticipate providing a respond to you by April 29, 2011.  If you
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agree to this extension, no reply is necessary. If we subsequently deny your request, you still have the right to file an administrative appeal. You may wish to consider limiting the scope of your request so that we can process it more quickly. If you want to limit your request, please submit a reply to this notification. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Denora Miller,
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FOIA Officer at (202) 692-1236  or email at foia@peacecorps.gov.
  
===Overview of Diversity in Ukraine ===
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Sincerely,
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Meenoch Kim
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FOIA/PA Intern
  
During pre-service training, several sessions will be held to discuss diversity and coping mechanisms. We look forward to having male and female Volunteers from a variety of races, ethnic groups, ages, religions, and sexual orientations and hope that you will become part of a diverse group of Americans who take pride in supporting one another and demonstrating the richness of American culture.  
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==Received March 21st 2011==
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This serves as an acknowledgement of your FOIA request. Your request has been assigned tracking number FOIA Request No. 11-113. You will receive a respond within 20 business days. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us at FOIA@peacecorps.gov.      
  
===What Might a Volunteer Face? ===
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==Requested March 20th 2011==
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Dear FOIA Officer,
  
The comments in this section, which come from a cross-section of Volunteers who have served in Ukraine, are intended to stimulate thought and discussion. They reflect the fact that each person’s experience of Peace Corps service is unique.  
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This is a request under the Freedom of Information Act (5 U.S.C. 552).
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I am requesting the following information:
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From Peace Corps Headquarters:
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*1) The current Peace Corps' listing of all staff positions within Washington DC headquarters, title, salary, pay plan, level, Grade.
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*2) The current Peace Corps' organizational chart or hierarchy for all staff positions within Washington DC headquarters.
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*3) The current Peace Corps' listing of all consultants and or part time positions within the agency including Location, Title, salary, Pay Plan Level, Grade, Contract code, COTR information
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*4) The current Peace Corps' staff directory for the regional offices within the United States by regional office Location, Title , salary, Pay Plan Level, Grade,
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*5) The current Peace Corps' staff directory for all offices outside of the United States or "in country" by country, Title, Name ,salary, Pay Plan Level, Grade,
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*6) The current Peace Corps' staff directory for the all Peace Corps bycountry CDs (Country Director)
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*7) The current Peace Corps' staff directory for the all Peace Corps by country of PCMOs, (Peace Corps Medical Officer)
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*8) The current Peace Corps' staff directory for the all Peace Corps bycountry of PTOs (Programing Training Officer)
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*9) The current Peace Corps' staff directory for the all Peace Corps by country of BFOs (Budget and Fiscal Officer)   
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*10) The current Peace Corps' staff directory for the all Peace Corps by country of APCDs (Associate Peace Corps Director) 
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*11) The current mailing addresses for all Peace Corps offices outside of the United States by country.
  
====Possible Issues for Female Volunteers ====
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An electronic fulfillment of this request would be ideal for both parties. You are welcome to contact me with any questions or concerns you might have in fulfilling this request. Please let me know if the charges exceed $100 before continuing.
 
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At first, gender roles in Ukraine can be difficult to understand and accept. Ukrainian culture may appear to be discriminatory. Ukrainian women constitute more than 50 percent of the total population, and working women outnumber nonworking women. Although men and women may receive equal pay for equal work, women are underrepresented in positions of power and often are not promoted as readily as men to managerial positions. These gender differences, sometimes overt and sometimes subtle, can present problems for Volunteers in job situations. 
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====Possible Issues for Volunteers of Color ====
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Racial and ethnic minorities in Ukraine—primarily Poles, Hungarians, Crimean Tatars, and Greeks—make up about 5 percent of the total population. They are not always well-organized and are not usually recognized as separate communities. Crimean Tatars are the exception, as they are becoming a more significant facet of the population in Crimea.
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In spite of the racial diversity of the former Soviet Union and Ukraine’s close contacts with former socialist countries in Asia and Africa, most Ukrainians have not had personal interactions with people of other races. They often assume that African-American or Asian-American Volunteers are university students from Africa or Asia rather than Americans. Thus minority Volunteers may be stopped to show their identification papers more frequently than other Volunteers, particularly in larger cities where they are not known. In addition, “skinhead” groups in some larger cities have reportedly targeted individuals of African or Asian heritage in the past. 
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====Possible Issues for Senior Volunteers ====
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Older people in Ukraine are generally respected and seen as sources of wisdom. So older Volunteers often have a greater degree of credibility upon arrival at their sites.  The slow pace of change in a developing country, however, may prove challenging for some individuals. In addition, certain conditions in Ukraine—uneven pavement, multistory buildings without elevators, tobacco smoke and other air pollutants, and lack of amenities—combine to make life more demanding than in the United States. 
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====Possible Issues for Gay, Lesbian, or Bisexual Volunteers ====
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Homosexuality was decriminalized in Ukraine in 1991. However, this often is not acknowledged, and civil rights related to sexual orientation are limited. The gay communities in Kyiv and other large cities are becoming more open, and in 1999 Nash Mir, the first gay nongovernmental organization, received official state registration. Some gay and lesbian Volunteers in Ukraine have found that being open about their sexual orientation at their sites has had a negative impact on their effectiveness.
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====Possible Religious Issues for Volunteers ====
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Many Ukrainians have little knowledge or understanding of non-Christian faiths. Religious observances are prevalent in schools and communities, particularly in western Ukraine.  There are Polish and Greek Catholic churches and Ukrainian Orthodox churches in most communities. Most big cities have large numbers of Christian missionaries, particularly from evangelical denominations. Volunteers are sometimes mistaken for missionaries, and the Peace Corps is careful to maintain a separation from such groups. If you do not attend church, Ukrainians may demand that you explain why, but it is possible to politely decline when invited to attend someone’s church if you choose not to.
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====Possible Issues for Volunteers With Disabilities====
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As a disabled Volunteer in Ukraine, you may face a special set of challenges. In Ukraine, as in other parts of the world, some people hold prejudicial attitudes about individuals with disabilities and may discriminate against them. And there is very little of the infrastructure to accommodate individuals with disabilities that has been developed in the United States.
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That being said, as part of the medical clearance process, the Peace Corps Office of Medical Services determined that you were physically and emotionally capable, with or without reasonable accommodation, to perform a full tour of Volunteer service in Ukraine without unreasonable risk of harm to yourself or interruption of your service. The Peace Corps/Ukraine staff will work with disabled Volunteers to make reasonable accommodations for them in their training, housing, job sites, or in other areas, to enable them to serve safely and effectively.  
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Latest revision as of 07:57, 21 May 2014


United States Peace Corps
Freedom of Information Act Request
FOIA request number::FOIA 11113
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Appeal Requested June 2nd 2011[edit]

Dear FOIA officer, This is an appeal under the Freedom of Information Act, 5 U.S.C. § 552. It has been WELL over 20 business days since my request was received by your agency on March 21st. This period clearly exceeds the 20 days provided by the statute, thus I deem my request denied. A copy of my correspondence and the email form showing receipt by your office will be forwarded. The information which I have requested is clearly releasable under FOIA and in my opinion, may not validly be protected by any of the Act’s exemptions. I trust that upon re-consideration, you will reverse the decision denying me access to this material and grant my original request. As I have made this request in the capacity of a interested member of public and this information is of timely value, I would appreciate your expediting the consideration of my appeal in every way possible. Thank you for your assistance.

Response Memo April 22nd 2011 =[edit]

We are unable to provide you a final determination on your request within the statutory time frame established by the FOIA.

We anticipate providing a respond to you by April 29, 2011. If you agree to this extension, no reply is necessary. If we subsequently deny your request, you still have the right to file an administrative appeal. You may wish to consider limiting the scope of your request so that we can process it more quickly. If you want to limit your request, please submit a reply to this notification. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Denora Miller, FOIA Officer at (202) 692-1236 or email at foia@peacecorps.gov.

Sincerely, Meenoch Kim FOIA/PA Intern

Received March 21st 2011[edit]

This serves as an acknowledgement of your FOIA request. Your request has been assigned tracking number FOIA Request No. 11-113. You will receive a respond within 20 business days. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us at FOIA@peacecorps.gov.

Requested March 20th 2011[edit]

Dear FOIA Officer,

This is a request under the Freedom of Information Act (5 U.S.C. 552). I am requesting the following information: From Peace Corps Headquarters:

  • 1) The current Peace Corps' listing of all staff positions within Washington DC headquarters, title, salary, pay plan, level, Grade.
  • 2) The current Peace Corps' organizational chart or hierarchy for all staff positions within Washington DC headquarters.
  • 3) The current Peace Corps' listing of all consultants and or part time positions within the agency including Location, Title, salary, Pay Plan Level, Grade, Contract code, COTR information
  • 4) The current Peace Corps' staff directory for the regional offices within the United States by regional office Location, Title , salary, Pay Plan Level, Grade,
  • 5) The current Peace Corps' staff directory for all offices outside of the United States or "in country" by country, Title, Name ,salary, Pay Plan Level, Grade,
  • 6) The current Peace Corps' staff directory for the all Peace Corps bycountry CDs (Country Director)
  • 7) The current Peace Corps' staff directory for the all Peace Corps by country of PCMOs, (Peace Corps Medical Officer)
  • 8) The current Peace Corps' staff directory for the all Peace Corps bycountry of PTOs (Programing Training Officer)
  • 9) The current Peace Corps' staff directory for the all Peace Corps by country of BFOs (Budget and Fiscal Officer)
  • 10) The current Peace Corps' staff directory for the all Peace Corps by country of APCDs (Associate Peace Corps Director)
  • 11) The current mailing addresses for all Peace Corps offices outside of the United States by country.

An electronic fulfillment of this request would be ideal for both parties. You are welcome to contact me with any questions or concerns you might have in fulfilling this request. Please let me know if the charges exceed $100 before continuing.