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This bill was enacted after being signed by the President on November 21, 2011.
Last updated Nov 03, 2011.
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An act to amend the Peace Corps Act to require sexual assault risk-reduction and response training, the development of a sexual assault policy, the establishment of an Office of Victim Advocacy, the establishment of a Sexual Assault Advisory Council, and for other purposes.
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S. 1280--112th Congress: Kate Puzey Peace Corps Volunteer Protection Act of 2011. (2011). In www.GovTrack.us. Retrieved March 7, 2014, from http://www.govtrack.us/congress/bills/112/s1280
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The summary below was written by the Congressional Research Service, which is a nonpartisan division of the Library of Congress.
The summary below was written by the House Republican Conference, which is the caucus of Republicans in the House of Representatives.
This summary can be found at http://www.gop.gov/bill/112/1/s1280.
The Peace Corps is an independent U.S. government agency that provides trained volunteers for countries requesting assistance around the world. The organization has 8,665 volunteers serving in 77 countries. During the last 10 years, Peace Corps volunteers have reported an average of 22 rapes and 267 assaults per year. These statistics far outstrip national averages, according to a 2008 report by the Department of Justice. Disturbingly, Peace Corps data suggest twice as many assaults occur than are reported. In recent years, the Peace Corps has been accused of mismanaging sexual assault complaints and being inconsistent in responding to reports of violence against volunteers.
In 2009, Kate Puzey, a Peace Corps volunteer serving in Benin, was murdered after reporting her suspicions that a colleague was sexually harassing and sleeping with female students at the school where she taught. This legislation is named in her honor. S. 1280 would provide whistleblower protection for Peace Corps volunteers, a safeguard that is currently in place for federal employees but not for Peace Corps volunteers. S. 1280 is intended to enhance Peace Corps' sexual assault policy, protect the confidentiality of Peace Corps volunteers, and codify recent steps the Peace Corps has taken in support of the safety and security of its volunteers.
S. 1280 would amend the Peace Corps Act to require the Director of the Peace Corps, as part of the training provided to all volunteers, to develop and implement comprehensive sexual assault risk-reduction and response training that conforms to best practices in the sexual assault field. It would require that volunteers receive training tailored to their country of service – including cultural training relating to gender relations, risk-reduction strategies, a safety plan in the event of an assault, treatment available in such country, MedEvac procedures, and information regarding the legal process for pressing charges against an attacker.
S. 1280 would require the Director to provide applicants for enrollment with a historical analysis of crimes against, and risks to, volunteers in the country in which the applicant has been invited to serve. The bill would require that, prior to enrolling as volunteers, trainees be provided with contact information of the Peace Corps' Inspector General for purposes of reporting violations of the sexual assault protocol or any other criminal or administrative wrongdoing by individuals who do business with the Peace Corps, and with clear, written guidelines regarding whom to contact and what steps to take in the event of a sexual assault.
In addition, the bill would require the Director to:
The bill would further require the Director to:
S. 1280 would prohibit the Director from:
According to the Congressional Budget Office (CBO), the Peace Corps “has indicated that it already complies or is in the process of complying with most of the requirements under the bill.” CBO estimates that “implementing the remaining requirements would cost $1 million a year and total $5 million over the 2012-2016 period, assuming appropriation of the necessary amounts.” Enacting S. 1280 would not affect direct spending or revenues, therefore, pay-as-you-go procedures do not apply.
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