Peace Corps Issues Update on 2019 Crash That Resulted in Death of Ms. Rabia Issa

January 7, 2022

WASHINGTON – Today, Peace Corps Chief Executive Officer Carol Spahn released the following update regarding the 2019 crash that resulted in the death of Ms. Rabia Issa:

“The death of Rabia Issa in Tanzania was a horrible tragedy, and we grieve the incredible loss to her family, friends and community.

“We recognize the deep pain that was caused by Ms. Issa’s death, as well as the inequities that exist. Our ongoing work is grounded in a commitment to equity and ensuring our mission is clearly centered in our host communities. We expect all staff and every Volunteer to enter service with deep humility and respect as we seek to foster peace and understanding across cultures. We are committed to doing everything within our power to pursue policy, legislative, enhanced training and other solutions to bolster accountability.

“We understand that many questions remain about the agency’s response to Ms. Issa’s death. Although we know that no amount of money can make up for the tragic loss of Ms. Issa’s life, the Peace Corps expressed condolences and provided financial support to her family. Working with local counsel, the agency and representatives from Ms. Issa’s family agreed that the Peace Corps would provide a mutually agreed upon sum to support her sons. In 2019, the money was disbursed into a bank account established by Ms. Issa’s eldest son and the administrator of the estate. There are many other aspects of this case, including the investigation and personnel matter, which we cannot discuss due to legal and privacy considerations.

“There is more work to be done. We will continue to push to fully realize a Peace Corps that reflects the best of who we are.”

About the Peace Corps:  The Peace Corps is an international service network of volunteers, community members, host country partners and staff who are driven by the agency’s mission of world peace and friendship. At the invitation of governments around the world, Peace Corps volunteers work alongside community members on locally-prioritized projects in the areas of education, health, environment, agriculture, community economic development and youth development. Through service, members of the Peace Corps network develop transferable skills and hone intercultural competencies that position them to be the next generation of global leaders. Since President John F. Kennedy established the Peace Corps in 1961, more than 240,000 Americans have served in 142 countries worldwide. For more information, visit peacecorps.gov and follow us on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

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