Through the Decades: 2000s

May 2003

The Peace Corps commits an additional 1,000 Volunteers to fight HIV/AIDS as part of legislation signed into law.

September 2005

For the first time, Volunteers are deployed domestically when Crisis Corps assists relief operations in the Gulf Coast region following Hurricanes Katrina and Rita.

June 2007

Peace Corps launches Peace Corps Prep.

January 2009

After leaving the country during the 1994 genocide, Peace Corps returns to Rwanda and Volunteers begin working in secondary education and HIV/AIDS education and prevention.


Joseph Acaba became the first returned Peace Corps Volunteer to serve as a NASA astronaut, making his first trip to space aboard the Space Shuttle Discovery.

December 16, 2009

President Barack Obama signs H.R. 3288 – an omnibus appropriations package that includes $400 million for Peace Corps operations in fiscal year 2010, the agency's largest budget appropriation from Congress.