Statement from Peace Corps Director Jody Olsen

WASHINGTON – Peace Corps Director Jody Olsen released the following statement today, June 1:

“During this time of crisis, let us all as members of the Peace Corps community demonstrate how we can be a source of strength for all who are hurting. Even as we ourselves are hurting, let us reflect on and reaffirm our commitment to the respect and dignity of each person—which is central to our mission.

“The Peace Corps will continue working with our many partners, in the US and around the world, to build safe spaces and a culture of understanding. And we will never cease in our efforts to make our communities more inclusive and embracing of the extraordinary diversity of the country we represent. Our mission is more vital than ever. Stay safe, and be there for those around you. We are all in this together.”

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About the Peace Corps: The Peace Corps sends Americans with a passion for service abroad on behalf of the United States to work with communities and create lasting change. Volunteers develop sustainable solutions to address challenges in education, health, community economic development, agriculture, the environment and youth development. Through their Peace Corps experience, volunteers gain a unique cultural understanding and a life-long commitment to service that positions them to succeed in today's global economy. Since President John F. Kennedy established the Peace Corps in 1961, more than 235,000 Americans of all ages have served in 141 countries worldwide. For more information, visit and follow us on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

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