U.S. Sen. Johnny Isakson and three colleagues this afternoon introduced a bill that would give protected whistleblower status to volunteers of the U.S. Peace Corps.
The legislation is named after Kate Puzey, a 24-year-old Peace Corps volunteer from Cumming, Ga., who in 2009 was murdered in the west African village of Badjoude, Benin, shortly after she had reported a colleague for allegedly molesting some of the young girls they helped teach.
Here’s the video from today’s press conference:
As the video will attest, Isakson has taken an unusually personal interest in the legislation. A few paragraphs from the McClatchey Newspapers piece on the bill this week:
Puzey’s murder, which is under investigation, is one of a series of violent attacks on hundreds of female Peace Corps workers in recent years that have rocked the government-run volunteer organization, which for 50 years was an embodiment of President John F. Kennedy’s dream of talented young men and women sowing the seeds