On the evening of Friday, March 11th – the second anniversary of Kate’s death –a vigil was held in front of the United States Capitol in Washington, D.C. to remember Kate and all other Peace Corps Volunteers who have fallen victim to murder, rape, or assault. Speakers included Richard Day (the Peace Corps Regional Director for Africa), Jessica Smochek (a former PCV & survivor), and Lois Puzey, Kate’s mother. The vigil ended by reading the names of Peace Corps Volunteer victims and holding a moment of silence.
In honor of Kate and continuance of last year’s tradition, supporters both in DC and elsewhere were encouraged to also take some positive action that embodied her spirit—reaching out to family or friends, helping someone in need, or taking a stand for a just cause. This follows the vigils and day of service that were held on March 11th, 2010, the first anniversary of Kate’s death.
This is the official website for the
- a group started by Kate Puzey's family and friends to ensure policy changes are implemented to protect Peace Corps Volunteers who are either whistleblowers or victims of sexual or physical violence. We hope to finally see legislation enacted this year in order to prevent tragedies for all future Peace Corps Volunteers and their families.
We strongly support the Peace Corps; however it has become clear that specific policy changes need to be implemented in order to honor the commitment of its brave volunteers and to strengthen the Peace Corps.
Light a candle for Kate Tribute video for Kate Puzey
Senator Isakson pays tribute to Kate
Senator Johnny Isakson honors the life of Peace Corps volunteer Kate Puzey during a speech on the Senate floor. March 11, 2010