Attorney for Volunteers

Peace Corps Online: Peace Corps News: Special Reports: October 26, 2003: Dayton Daily News reports on Peace Corps Safety and Security: November 13, 2003 - Dayton Daily News: RPCV Ambassador Tony Hall says Peace Corps needs to make some changes : November 25, 2003 - USA Ombudsman: Does Peace Corps need a Ombudsman? : Ombudsman: Attorney for Volunteers

By ( - on Thursday, November 27, 2003 - 3:59 am: Edit Post

We need an attorney for volunteers. A person who knows the agency rules as well as the law and work on behalf of the volunteer.

Then, that one or two attorney's could go head to head with the ten attorney's Peace Corps has at the agency who work against volunteers for a living.

Does that sound fair? Sounds as if the is more employees to handle volunteers. The problem has always been that the leadership at Peace Corps can't make the right decisions so now we need a lawyer to work for us. That is sad. That is not why Peace Corps was created. Live and let live without building files with lies about volunteer experiences and we will be better off.

The neutral part will still give Peace Corps the chance to "welsch out of repsonsibility and give Peace Corps the advantage over the volunteer". (Remember the volunteer is the program. That is why we need to assure her or his rights in and out of service.

I don't disapprove of the Ombudsman but I think you would ensure the volunteers perspective of his or her own experiences with Peace Corps better with an advocate attorney.

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