You can have a powerful impact by contacting your representatives in Congress directly and asking them to support legislation to secure both protection for Peace Corps Volunteer (PCV) whistleblowers, and appropriate support for PCV victims and their families. 

For the most updated information on how to contact your representatives, please visit our OUTREACH HOMEPAGE

 

When calling or writing your representative, please:

1. Ask them to support the efforts of the members of Congress already working on these issues:

In the US Senate:
Senator Johnny Isakson of Georgia 

In the US House of Represenatives:
Representative Ted Poe of Texas (Co-chair of the Victims Rights Caucus)


2. Please refer to the following two objectives:
  • Ensuring that best practices are followed in response to any allegations made by Peace Corps Volunteers or Trainees about possible misconduct, threats, mismanagement, or legal violations, and that PCV’s confidentiality and safety are maintained at all times.
  • Ensuring that Volunteers who are sexually or otherwise assaulted receive prompt and appropriate support from the Peace Corps, and are treated with dignity and respect.

Please Note:

* If possible, try to include personal stories or connections in your request, reference recent media coverage, and make sure to always be polite and respectful (otherwise your request for their support could be counterproductive!)

 

3. Following the hearing by the House Foreign Affairs Committee, it is very important that we now build support on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee (SFRC). Please consider contacting SFRC Members and voicing your support for a victims rights & whistleblower bill, especially if your state is represented by a SFRC member.

4. As the House Foreign Affairs Committee (HFAC) held the hearing examining the Peace Corps and has pledged to support legislation, we believe we already have strong support on this Committee. That said, to help reinforce those pledges, you may still want to consider contacting HFAC Members to thank them for their support and voice your desire to see a victims rights & whistleblower passed soon, especially if you are represented by a HFAC member.