Puzey Act

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S. 1280 One Hundred Twelfth Congress of the United States of America AT THE FIRST SESSION Begun and held at the City of Washington on Wednesday, the fifth day of January, two thousand and eleven

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[edit] An Act

To amend the Peace Corps Act to require sexual assault risk-reduction and response training, the development of a sexual assault policy, the establishment of an Office of Victim Advocacy, the establishment of a Sexual Assault Advisory Council, and for other purposes. Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled,

[edit] SECTION 1. SHORT TITLE.

This Act may be cited as the ‘‘Kate Puzey Peace Corps Volunteer Protection Act of 2011’’.

[edit] SEC. 2. PEACE CORPS VOLUNTEER PROTECTION.

The Peace Corps Act is amended by inserting after section 8 (22 U.S.C. 2507) the following new sections: ‘‘SEXUAL ASSAULT RISK-REDUCTION AND RESPONSE TRAINING ‘‘SEC. 8A.

—In developing the sexual assault risk-reduction and response training under subsection (a), the President shall consult with and incorporate, as appropriate, the recommendations and views of experts in the sexual assault field.

—Once a volunteer has arrived in his or her country of service, the President shall provide the volunteer with training tailored to the country of service that includes cultural training relating to gender relations, risk-reduction strategies, treatment available in such country (including sexual assault forensic exams, post-exposure prophylaxis (PEP) for HIV exposure, screening for sexually transmitted diseases, and pregnancy testing), MedEvac procedures, and information regarding a victim’s right to pursue legal action against a perpetrator.

—Each applicant for enrollment as a volunteer shall be provided with information regarding crimes against and risks to volunteers in the country in which the applicant has been invited to serve, including an overview of past crimes against volunteers in the country.

—The President shall provide each applicant, before the applicant enrolls as a volunteer, with— S. 1280—2

(A) through (D), would serve to identify the victim.

or organizations when disclosure would be for the following reasons:

[edit] ‘‘SEXUAL ASSAULT POLICY

‘‘SEC. 8B. (a) IN GENERAL.—The President shall develop and implement a comprehensive sexual assault policy that—

including experts with international experience.

[edit] ‘‘OFFICE OF VICTIM ADVOCACY

‘‘SEC. 8C. (a) ESTABLISHMENT OF OFFICE OF VICTIMS ADVOCACY.—

‘‘(d) TRANSITION.—The Office of Victim Advocacy shall assist volunteers who are victims of crime and whose service has terminated in receiving the services specified in section 8B(c) requested by such volunteer.

‘‘ESTABLISHMENT OF SEXUAL ASSAULT ADVISORY COUNCIL ‘‘SEC. 8D.

on Appropriations of the House of Representatives a report on its findings based on the reviews conducted pursuant to subsection (c).

1, 2018.

[edit] ‘‘VOLUNTEER FEEDBACK AND PEACE CORPS REVIEW

see more explanation: Puzey Act volunteer surveys ‘‘SEC. 8E.

relating to misconduct, mismanagement, or policy violations of Peace Corps staff, any breaches of the confidentiality of volunteers, and any actions taken to assure the safety of volunteers who provide such reports;

of Representatives, the President shall brief such committees on each portfolio review required under paragraph (1). If requested, each such briefing shall discuss performance measures and sources of data used (such as project status reports, volunteer surveys, impact studies, reports of Inspector General of the Peace Corps, and any relevant external sources) in making the findings and conclusions in such review.


[edit] ‘‘ESTABLISHMENT OF A POLICY ON STALKING

‘‘SEC. 8F.

[edit] ‘‘ESTABLISHMENT OF A CONFIDENTIALITY PROTECTION POLICY

‘‘SEC. 8G.

[edit] ‘‘REMOVAL AND ASSESSMENT AND EVALUATION

‘‘SEC. 8H.

[edit] ‘‘REPORTING REQUIREMENTS

‘‘SEC. 8I.

[edit] SEC. 3. RETENTION OF COUNSEL FOR CRIME VICTIMS.

Section 5(l) of the Peace Corps Act (22 U.S.C. 2504(l)) is amended by inserting before the period at the end the following: ‘‘and counsel may be employed and counsel fees, court costs and other expenses may be paid in the support of volunteers who are parties, complaining witnesses, or otherwise participating in the prosecution of crimes committed against such volunteers’’.

[edit] SEC. 4. SENSE OF CONGRESS ON STAFFING OF OFFICE OF VICTIM ADVOCACY.

It is the sense of Congress that—

[edit] SEC. 5. PERSONAL SERVICE CONTRACTS.

The Peace Corps Act is amended—

[edit] SEC. 6. INDEPENDENCE OF THE INSPECTOR GENERAL OF THE PEACE CORPS.

Section 7(a) of the Peace Corps Act (22 U.S.C. 2506(a)) is amended by adding at the end the following new paragraph: ‘‘(7) The limitations specified in subparagraphs (A) and (B) of paragraph (2) and in paragraph (5) shall not apply to—

[edit] SEC. 7. CONFORMING SAFETY AND SECURITY AGREEMENT REGARDING PEACE CORPS VOLUNTEERS SERVING IN FOREIGN COUNTRIES.

and staff members.

to make progress toward agreement.

Foreign Affairs of the House of Representatives.

[edit] SEC. 8. CONFORMING AMENDMENTS.

[edit] SEC. 9. OFFSET OF COSTS AND PERSONNEL.

Notwithstanding any other provision of law, the Direct of the Peace Corps shall— S. 1280—11


Speaker of the House of Representatives.

Vice President of the United States and President of the Senate.

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