PCOL, Why isn't the Conversation on Safety continued

Peace Corps Online: Peace Corps News: Special Reports: August 7, 2004: Director Gaddi Vasquez: The PCOL Interview: The Complete Transcript: PCOL, Why isn't the Conversation on Safety continued

By Safety and Corruption (dialup- - on Sunday, March 05, 2006 - 12:38 am: Edit Post

I just want to mention that this is one of the biggest threads of debate you have had on this web site. It is still a huge issue for today's volunteer, Return Volunteers and volunteer's in the future.

Why haven't you continued to explore the issue on the web site?

There is no change. The Ombudsman's office proposal was short changed but friends of Senator Dodd and other RPCV's and staffers on the hill who are former RPCV's.

I will say this : We continue to state that staffers who work at Peace Corps and staffers who have worked at headquarters in the past are responsible for the protecting perpertrators of violence, rape, and death. It was their actions or inactions while staffers that have led us to these hearings and huge issues for the program.
There talk about their suggestions for change is cheap. They may disagree, but those changes have not occured because they were not bold enough and did not care enough to take on the corruption involved in death cases and the rights of former volunteers who have gone through these issues.

They can be offended but it is the truth.

Civil rights protection and safety of Peace Corps should be there hallmark, but it is secondary to protecting themselves from their critics.

The real change will come when they act or he or she acts. That should be their third goal. Wipe out the corruption and fraud at Peace Corps by doing something to solve the problem, not just making suggestions.

Firm advocacy, must point fingers at inaction and complaincy.

The Rights of former volunteers have been trampled upon and there must be change now. These people volunteered just like you and were accepted to Peace Corps beacuse they are good citizens and productive. Slander in government files and ruining careers and families should not be the way of idealistic folks who run our Peace Corps. Volunteers are the program, so speak out and make your mark to have these people who gave to you and continue to give your program the same rights you are now enjoying.

Please, do soemthing for the families who have lost love one's, the program is really suffering because of these mistakes and you as a person reading this must act to change the culture of corruption at Peace Corps headquarters.

By CarmenBailey (h2-66-137-250.mesh.net - on Monday, March 06, 2006 - 10:38 am: Edit Post

My reply and your question did not show up today March 6, so I backed up a day to your important question. Here it is in short: So many of us have worked on this problem... no one in control has offered a hand... they are all very silent about it. I recently paid a lawyer to get proof of confiscation about it in the mailroom. My mail on this subject has been confiscated since 1991.
I have written Senators Hyde, Dewine and Voinovich as suggested but have not heard from them. That's my experience.

By Non confid (ca03-ch03-bl08.ca-sanfranc0.sa.earthlink.net - on Monday, March 06, 2006 - 8:22 pm: Edit Post


We are in control don't forget that Carmen. You experience is important. We have every right to petition and get our rights back just look what the GAO report on Safety, the Dayton Daily News did, and the Senate and House hearings.

We have resources now. They will have to ansewer up especially the ones who do nothing and are silent.

People who speak about Peace Corps anywhere will be reminded that there are people in America who served who have had their civil rights trampled on. They will start to get resistence.

By CarmenBailey (h2-66-137-250.mesh.net - on Monday, March 06, 2006 - 11:49 pm: Edit Post

Alrighty! Thanks for telling me... I had no idea. I am at your service with 20 pertinent documents plus many others which support those.

By non conf (ca1462-ch01-bl06.ma-cambridg0.sa.earthlink.net - on Wednesday, March 08, 2006 - 5:51 am: Edit Post

No thank you. We will be in touch.

By CarmenBailey (h2-66-137-250.mesh.net - on Tuesday, March 07, 2006 - 11:54 pm: Edit Post

To Non Confid;

May I have have particulars? Like -
when will we have the right to petition?
What will we petition about? What happened
to Non Confidential? [Not Non Confid]

By FECA Now (ca208-ch01-bl01.il-chicago0.sa.earthlink.net - on Tuesday, March 14, 2006 - 11:00 pm: Edit Post

Not on this web site.

Don't give anything to feed on.

Good luck Carmen, its time for Peace Corps to help your case.

Ask for Steve Weinberg at Peace Corps. Tell him your story. I bet the lawyer doesn't even take the call. That's how Peace Corps handles the FECA claims now.

By CarmenBailey (h2-66-137-250.mesh.net - on Wednesday, March 15, 2006 - 1:15 am: Edit Post

Right. I knew that - don't give anything to
feed on. But I won't do another lawyer. I deserve better, like a person who can fit problem solving into the need of ManKind to proceed.

I can wait. I said in 1986 that I was not dying until after this murderous deception was accounted for. Now that the deception is known -
I have support - thank you very much! There are
more Humanitarian goals for me to attain which will take at least a couple of decades, so I have turned another page in my life while waiting. But
I'm always at your service.

By Non Conf (ca03-ch02-bl09.ca-sanfranc0.sa.earthlink.net - on Thursday, March 16, 2006 - 9:40 pm: Edit Post

Thanks Carmen,

There will be a day when things will get resolved. There is going to be a day for all former volunteers who have gone through safety and health issues with Peace Corps who have been wronged.

It will be slow and incremental, but there many out in America who are making changes in this regard. They are coming into positions of power now and want justice in these cases. They won't get away with it much longer.

Non Confidential

Add a Message

This is a public posting area. Enter your username and password if you have an account. Otherwise, enter your full name as your username and leave the password blank. Your e-mail address is optional.