In late June, Congressman Poe (R-TX) and Senator Isakson (R-GA) introduced legislation to Congress and the Senate titled The Kate Puzey Peace Corps Safety and Security Act. This legislation is intended to improve Peace Corps Safety and Security training and Peace Corps’ response to violent crimes.
This is much-needed legislation that would support Volunteers as a long-term solution. Peace Corps has made strides in their approach to issues of sexual and physical assault over the last year, but with the Peace Corps 5-year staff rule, where staff can only serve 5 years, there is need for a sustainable solution to ensure Volunteer victim support. Many other government agencies have similar provisions to support victims of violence.
You can read the text of the House bill here and the text of the Senate bill here. You can visit the bill information by clicking on the following links to view the up-to-date co-sponsors of the bills for the House and Senate.
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Support is needed from ALL members of the House and Senate and in particular, the members of the House and Senate Foreign Affairs Committees. Here are those remaining members who haven't signed on to co-sponsor yet. If you're in their district, please give them a call!
House Foreign Affairs Committee - Republicans
Chris Smith - New Jersey - (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Donald Manzullo - Illinois -(email@example.com)
Edward Royce - California - (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Steve Chabot - Ohio - (email@example.com) - signed on 7/8/11!
Mike Pence - Indiana - (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Connie Mack - Florida - (email@example.com)
Chairwoman of State/Foreign Operations Subcommittee on the Appropriations Committee (with jurisdiction over PC budget): Kay Granger - Texas - (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Joe Pitts - Pennsylvania - (email@example.com)
House Foreign Affairs Committee - Democrats
Gary Ackerman - New York - (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Donald Payne - New Jersey - (email@example.com) - signed on 7/6/11!
Brad Sherman - California - (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Eliot Engel - New York - (email@example.com)
Gregory Meeks - New York - (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Russ Carnahan - Missouri - (email@example.com)
Senate Foreign Relations Committee
Chairman John Kerry - Massachusetts - (202) 224-2742
Ranking Member Dick Lugar - Indiana - (202) 224-4814 (ask for Carl Meacham)
Robert Menendez - New Jersey - 202.224.4744
Benjamin L. Cardin - Maryland - (202) 224-4524 - signed on 7/14/11!
Robert P. Casey Jr - Pennsylvania - (202) 224-6324
Jim Webb - Virginia - (202) 224-4024
Jeanne Shaheen - New Hampshire - (202) 224-2841
Tom Udall - New Mexico - (202) 224-6621
Bob Corker - Tennessee - 202-228-0566
James E. Risch - Idaho - 202-224-2752
Marco Rubio - Florida - 202-224-3041 - signed on 7/14/11!
James M. Inhofe - Oklahoma - (202) 224-4721
Jim DeMint - South Carolina - 202-224-6121
John Barrasso - Wyoming - 202-224-6441 - signed on 7/11/11!
Mike Lee - Utah - 202-224-5444