Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Congressional Hearing Postponed

The Congressional hearing about sexual assault in Peace Cops, which was scheduled for this month, has been postponed due to a need for a hearing about the current crisis in Libya. The House Foreign Affairs Committee is looking at dates and checking schedules of parties who need to be present at the rescheduled hearing. Feel free to check our website, www.firstresponseaction.org, or this blog for updates.

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Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Candlelight Vigil for Kate Puzey on Friday, March 11 in D.C.

Kate Puzey is a Volunteer who was murdered in Benin in 2009. Her story was highlighted on an episode of 20/20 in January. The Puzey family have started a new website in Kate's memory and they are hosting a vigil this Friday in D.C. to honor her memory and service as a Peace Corps Volunteer.

Here are details from the Kate's Voice website, which the Puzey family started to honor Kate's memory:

March 11th Vigil: “Light A Candle For Kate”

On Friday, March 11th – the 2nd anniversary of Kate Puzey’s death – there will be a vigil to honor Kate and the sacrifices of all other Peace Corps volunteer victims in front of the United States Capitol in Washington, D.C. from 6:30 – 7:30 PM.

They also have a facebook page for Kate's Voice.

The Puzey family is also very sensitive to the experiences of other Volunteers who are victimized, including survivors of physical and sexual assault. They are hoping for a supportive turnout at the vigil this Friday. If you or someone you know is in the D.C. area this Friday, please consider honoring Kate's memory with a visit to the Capitol.