FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
Thursday, March 20, 2003
Statement on Iraq
WASHINGTON, D.C., March 20, 2003—The Peace Corps understands the concerns that volunteers and their families may have regarding the effects of the current military action in Iraq. We are monitoring the events in Iraq, as well as the political and public climate in all Peace Corps countries.
The Peace Corps is prepared to take any necessary actions needed to ensure the safety and security of its volunteers. Peace Corps headquarters in Washington, D.C., is in constant communication with the State Department, U.S. Embassies, and staff in each Peace Corps country.
Each Peace Corps post has an Emergency Action Plan (EAP) specific to that country and developed in cooperation with country staff, the U.S. Embassy, and Peace Corps headquarters in Washington, D.C. The plans are tested frequently and information updated constantly. Volunteers are thoroughly trained in their role and responsibilities in the EAP.
Families are encouraged to contact Peace Corps’ Office of Special Services with any questions or concerns they may have. Special Services maintains a 24 hours a day, 7 days a week duty system. The telephone number during standard office hours is 1-800-424-8580, Extension 1470; the after hours number is 202-638-2574.
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