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.
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