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Implementing the Kate Puzey Peace Corps Volunteer Protection Act

On November 21, 2011, President Obama signed into law the Kate Puzey Peace Corps Volunteer Protection Act. In part, the law codified existing Peace Corps practices and policies, many of which were put in place to better protect and support Peace Corps Volunteers. The Kate Puzey Act also imposed new mandates and gave the agency new authorities. While many provisions relate to safety and security, the law addresses a range of topics.

Since passage of the Kate Puzey Act, the Peace Corps has worked diligently toward full implementation of the law and has made extraordinary progress in establishing new policies and practices that reflect an absolute commitment to reducing risks for Volunteers and responding effectively and compassionately when crime does occur. The agency collaborated with internal and external stakeholders, including Peace Corps Volunteers and staff, nationally recognized subject-matter experts, and the Peace Corps Sexual Assault Advisory Council to design and implement a unique, first-of-its-kind, Volunteer-centered sexual assault policy, supported primarily by the Sexual Assault Risk Reduction and Response program, along with other reforms.

Providing for the health, safety and security of Volunteers in a way that demonstrates the agency's Commitment to Sexual Assault Victims (PDF) underlies each component of the agency's policies and programs under the Kate Puzey Act. All of the Peace Corps' reform efforts include continual monitoring and evaluation to ensure Volunteers receive the best possible support and the agency is in compliance with the law.

As of September 1, 2013, the Peace Corps is near full implementation of the Kate Puzey Act and will continue working vigorously to ensure that it complies with the law fully and in a timely manner.

Read more about the Peace Corps' progress (PDF) in implementing the Kate Puzey Peace Corps Volunteer Protection Act.

Last updated Jan 30 2014