Passage of bill named for slain Peace Corps worker imminent

The family of a slain Peace Corps volunteer in Cumming, Ga., will get something like closure this evening, when the U.S. House votes on a bill intended to give more protection to those who sign up to serve in some of the most woe-begotten areas of the world.

Kate Puzey at the Togo-Benin border in November 2008.  Photo by Emilie Jacobs-Finnegan

Kate Puzey at the Togo-Benin border in November 2008. Photo by Emilie Jacobs-Finnegan

In September, the U.S. Senate gave unanimous approval Kate Puzey Peace Corps Volunteer Protection Act of 2011, sponsored by Sen. Johnny Isakson. House passage this evening would send the measure to President Barack Obama.

Puzey, a 24-year-old volunteer, was murdered in 2009 in the west African village of Badjoude, Benin, soon after she had reported a colleague for allegedly molesting some of the young girls they taught.

The former Peace Corps employee accused of slitting Puzey’s throat as she slept has been charged with the crime – but justice can be an uncertain thing in that part of the world. This bill may be a close as the Puzey family – her parents will watch the final passage from home — gets to that ideal.

Expect many tears to flow afterward. Isakson has made passage of the measure a personal mission, vowing now to visit Kate Puzey’s grave until the bill is signed.

- By Jim Galloway, Political Insider

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7 comments Add your comment

Danny O

November 1st, 2011
1:32 pm

That’s real nice of the first commenter to hijack this post and turn it into something about media paranoia. Why am I not surprised? This might be a shocker to some, but problems rarely get solved through personal attacks. But our country has no shortage of either.

Thank you, Senator Isakson, for working so hard on such an important piece of legislation. Thank you for leading the way on this issue.

Smoke

November 1st, 2011
1:33 pm

From 2000 to 2009, more than 1,000 volunteers reported sexual assaults, including 221 rapes or attempted rapes. It is about time.

jgalloway

November 1st, 2011
2:18 pm

Danny O:

The first comment on this blog has been removed and and its author banned. Many thanks for attempting to keep things on an even keel. Those of you who wish add to the discussion, please remember that a dead woman’s family — a very nice family that has sacrificed a great deal — may be reading this.

Bootnewt

November 1st, 2011
3:04 pm

May God’s Peace rest on this grieving family. God bless Sen. Isaakson!

tnfalpha

November 1st, 2011
4:09 pm

Thanks for this report, but any links or descriptions of what’s actually in the bill? I haven’t been following this closely and need a bit of background. Thanks.

jgalloway

November 1st, 2011
5:20 pm

Here’s a link to the bill itself:

http://thomas.loc.gov/cgi-bin/query/z?c112:S.1280:

Much of it is about the protocols the Peace Corps will follow when volunteers are assaulted and injured, counseling, etc.