U.S. Foreign Assistance

The Right to Choose: Supporting Female Peace Corps Volunteers

Anyone who knows me at all knows that I served in the Peace Corps and how much I loved the experience because I talk about it all the time, to whomever will listen. I am extremely proud to have been … Continue Reading

U.S. Foreign Assistance

House Bill Still a Family Planning Fixer-Upper, But One Important Repair Made for Peace Corps Volunteers

Earlier this afternoon, the House Appropriations Committee approved an FY 2015 State Department and Foreign Operations appropriations bill that funds the international affairs budget, including funding for international family planning and reproductive health (FP/RH) programs.  The bill was adopted after … Continue Reading

U.S. Foreign Assistance

House Appropriators Support Equal Health Coverage for Peace Corps Volunteers

This morning, the House Appropriations Committee voted to fix a decades-long injustice denying health care coverage for abortion to Peace Corps volunteers who face a life-endangering pregnancy, or one resulting from rape or incest. An amendment offered by Rep. Nita … Continue Reading

Global Gag Rule, U.S. Foreign Assistance

Good News & Bad News on Family Planning Appropriations

This week, committees in both the House and Senate marked up the State Department and foreign operations appropriations bills for fiscal year 2015, with widely different results for international family planning and reproductive health (FP/RH) funding and policy. The good … Continue Reading

U.S. Foreign Assistance

A Common-Sense Fix for Peace Corps Volunteers

Today, Rep. Nita Lowey (D-NY) and Sen. Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) introduced the Peace Corps Equity Act in the House and the Senate. The bills aim to fix a longstanding, unfair exclusion of Peace Corps volunteers from some life-saving federal health benefits. … Continue Reading

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Giving Thanks and Giving Back

Happy Thanksgiving! We’re all aware today is a day for giving thanks, and tomorrow and Monday are days for getting deals. But did you know that Tuesday is a day for giving back? Well, you do now. Next Tuesday, Dec. … Continue Reading