U.S. Foreign Assistance

Tweet Chat Tomorrow! Speak Up For Peace Corps Volunteers

FBTweetchatJoin us for a tweet chat at noon tomorrow with the National Peace Corps Association to discuss the Peace Corps Equity Act, which would bring comprehensive and equitable medical care to thousands of female Peace Corps volunteers.

Since 1979, Congress has prohibited the Peace Corps from covering abortion services for its volunteers and trainees, including in cases of rape, incest, or when the life of the mother is at risk. It’s a dangerous double standard that leaves volunteers who experience sexual assault with less health coverage and support than other federal employees, including Peace Corps administrative staff here in Washington.

The Peace Corps Equity Act aims to fix this, by removing the restriction. PAI has been involved with this issue since the bill’s introduction in April, and several returned Peace Corps volunteers on staff have spoken out about their experiences and why the act is so crucial for volunteers past and present.

Watch PAI President & CEO Suzanne Ehlers talk about her Peace Corps experience:

And if you’re new to the issue, find out more here:

Why Female Peace Corps Volunteers Deserve Better by Suzanne Ehlers

Unfair Sacrifice: Female Peace Corps Volunteers Deserve Equal Access to Abortion Care Under Federal Health Plans by Elisha Dunn-Georgiou

Peace Corps Equity Act: We Owe It To Each Other by Kim Ocheltree

Equity Should Be Easy by Jeff Locke

It’s Time for Congress to Do Its Part for Peace Corps Volunteers by Jordan Steiner

Whether you’re a returned Peace Corps volunteer yourself, or just care about health care for those serving, don’t miss this opportunity. Follow the hashtag #RPCVchat and join us!

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