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<div style="border-bottom:1px solid #adc687; background-color:#d3e5b8; padding:0.2em 0.5em 0.2em 0.5em; font-size:110%;">'''[http://www.peacecorpswiki.org/Previous_volunteer_news_2011_highlights Weekly Featured Story]'' <big> <span style="color: #ff0000>"Week {{CURRENTWEEK}}"</span></big> {{CURRENTYEAR}}''<br>''' ''[mailto:&#102;&#101;&#097;&#116;&#117;&#114;&#101;&#064;&#112;&#101;&#097;&#099;&#101;&#099;&#111;&#114;&#112;&#115;&#119;&#105;&#107;&#105;&#046;&#111;&#114;&#103;Want to be featured? Email us!]''</div>     
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[[Image:Wp.png|300px|link=http://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/crimes-against-volunteers-vex-peace-corps/2011/08/04/gIQALCuaSJ_story.html]]<br> [http://www.washingtonpost.com/lisa-rein/2011/03/04/ABdrNsN_page.html Lisa Rien] "...[http://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/crimes-against-volunteers-vex-peace-corps/2011/08/04/gIQALCuaSJ_story.html The Post reported Sunday] on how the Peace Corps responds when a volunteer overseas is a crime victim. Almost three years ago, the agency shifted responsibility from trained federal agents working for the inspector general’s office to the Peace Corps’ local security staff overseas...'''We want to hear from current and former volunteers or anyone else associated with the Peace Corps. What are your views of the current system, and is it working? What have your experiences been with violent crime in the Peace Corps? Please respond below.'''
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[[Image:Wp.png|300px|link=http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/federal-eye/post/former-volunteers-sue-peace-corps/2011/03/23/gIQAHh3AvJ_blog.html]]<br> [http://www.washingtonpost.com/lisa-rein/2011/03/04/ABdrNsN_page.html Lisa Rien] <big>"...[http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/federal-eye/post/former-volunteers-sue-peace-corps/2011/03/23/gIQAHh3AvJ_blog.html Former volunteers sue Peace Corps] A federal lawsuit alleges that the organization withheld data that could help volunteers..."</big>
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[http://www.peacecorpswiki.org/images/Legal_Filing_Peace_Corps_FOIA_Complaint_August_31.pdf NEW Lawsuit over FOIA request:]
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'''Specifically, Plaintiffs seek disclosure of the individual Country Reports (hereinafter, “country-by-country breakouts” or
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“breakout surveys”) prepared from the responses to the Peace Corps Volunteer 2009 Annual Volunteer Survey (“2009 AVS”) and the responses to the Peace Corps Volunteer 2010 Annual Volunteer Survey (“2010 AVS”).'''
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[http://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/sexual-assault-and-the-peace-corps/2011/09/01/gIQAxIDZ2J_story.html Letter to Washington Post Editor] in response to last week's [http://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/crimes-against-volunteers-vex-peace-corps/2011/08/04/gIQALCuaSJ_story.html front page story]
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[http://www.washingtonpost.com/lisa-rein/2011/03/04/ABdrNsN_page.html Lisa Rien] "...
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'''We want to hear from current and former volunteers or anyone else associated with the Peace Corps. What are your views of the current system, and is it working? What have your experiences been with violent crime in the Peace Corps? Please respond below.'''
*<big>[http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/federal-eye/post/call-out-to-peace-corps-community/2011/08/22/gIQANv98VJ_blog.html Washington Post Response Form]</big>
*<big>[http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/federal-eye/post/call-out-to-peace-corps-community/2011/08/22/gIQANv98VJ_blog.html Washington Post Response Form]</big>
*[http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/federal-eye/post/peace-corps-volunteers-share-their-stories-about-crime-overseas/2011/03/23/gIQAxI0KbJ_blog.html Volunteer responses posted by the Washington Post]
*[http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/federal-eye/post/peace-corps-volunteers-share-their-stories-about-crime-overseas/2011/03/23/gIQAxI0KbJ_blog.html Volunteer responses posted by the Washington Post]

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