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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 established significant new policies and practices that reflect our 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.

The Sexual Assault Risk Reduction and Response program was implemented on Sept. 1, 2013 and represents years of intense focus on improving support for Peace Corps volunteers agency-wide. All of 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.

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 Peace Corp's policies and programs under the Kate Puzey Act.

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

Last updated Oct 30 2014