Statement on Iraq

April 10, 2003

WASHINGTON, D.C., April 10, 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 continue to monitor 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.

If families have questions or concerns, they may contact the Peace Corps’ Office of Special Services at 1-800-424-8580, extension 1470, or after hours at 202-638-2574. The Office of Special Services maintains a 24 hours a day, 7 days a week duty system.

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