Sue Castle - Mother of fallen PCV Nick Castle
Casey Frazee Katz - Founder of First Response Action
Maricarmen Smith-Martinez - Moderator, Chair NPCA
On September 26, 2011, as the Peace Corps community marked 50 years of Volunteers serving in communities around the world, the U.S. Senate passed the Kate Puzey Peace Corps Volunteer Protection Act, which was signed into law later that year. Three years ago, Congress completed work on the Sam Farr and Nick Castle Peace Corps Reform Act. These two pieces of legislation were designed to bring about improvements and reforms pertaining to the health, safety, and security of Volunteers. What made them necessary were two tragedies: Volunteer Kate Puzey was murdered after she reported an employee for sexually abusing children; Volunteer Nick Castle died when he did not receive appropriate medical care in time. Panelists include those involved with advocacy for Volunteers who are victims of sexual and physical violence, as well as for whistleblowers; and those involved the drafting and implementation of these pieces of legislation. They will discuss the progress, shortcomings, and future steps needed to further support and protect Volunteers as Peace Corps prepares for global redeployment.