|By Daniel (0-1pool136-54.nas12.somerville1.ma.us.da.qwest.net - 188.8.131.52) on Thursday, March 25, 2004 - 9:34 am: Edit Post|
I don't believe your statement that you try to do everything humanly possible to get Peace Corps to respond to these issues. You don't do enough.
Your organization has a lawyer. Why don't you take the Peace Corps to court on these issues? Then Peace Corps would change.
Your belief that this ombudsman's office is going to change things sigfigantly for former volunteers who have gone through these issues. It will help some but for the majority it will be a nightmare again. We need an advocate not someone who has no jursidiction. Peace Corps has ten attorney's working for them and look what they do in just obstructing free flow of information. Image for a minute, Mr. Quigley what they do to individual rights of volunteers who seek justice in their individual experiences as volunteers. Let me explain to you from a different experience than your experience, that using this office of Ombudsman doesn't go far enough. Class action is an option on a private level.
Why doesn't your organization support that type of action?
I don't think you can understand what volunteers have gone through because you have not been treated poorly by the agency you served. Look for instance at your job. You make money and many volunteers who have been seprated from service wrongfully are having real difficulties because organization like your own claim to assist the retrun volunteer community. This volunteer and many of his friends feel otherwise.
This is only the beginning. More press coverage will be coming regarding our cases.