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Peace Corps Announces New Service Opportunity for Same-Sex Couples

Washington, D.C.,  – Peace Corps Deputy Director Carrie Hessler-Radelet in May announced that the agency will begin accepting applications from same-sex domestic partners who want to serve together as volunteers overseas.  Same-sex couples may begin the application process starting Monday, June 3. “Service in the Peace Corps is a life-defining leadership experience for Americans who […]

62-Year-Old Peace Corps Volunteer Helps Preserve Peruvian Culture

In recognition of Older Americans Month, the Peace Corps honors volunteers who have chosen to share their unique life skills and career experiences with communities overseas later in life. Currently, 7 percent of volunteers are over the age of 50. Below, find the story of one volunteer who is making a difference in Peru at […]

More Than 130 Americans Sworn In as Peace Corps Volunteers in Africa

Volunteers will work on health, environment and agriculture projects with their local communities WASHINGTON, D.C., June 3, 2013 – Over the past month, more than 130  Americans have been sworn into service as Peace Corps volunteers in the African countries of Malawi, The Gambia, Namibia, Madagascar and Senegal. Each new volunteer has undergone three months […]

U.S. Statement on Clustered Interactive Dialogue on Freedom of Expression and Violence Against Women

U.S. Ambassador Representative to the UN Human Rights Council, Ambassador Eileen Chamberlain Donahoe Human Rights Council 23rd Session – Geneva, Switzerland The United States thanks Special Rapporteur La Rue for his report highlighting the close relationship between the right to freedom of expression and privacy rights. The Universal Declaration of Human Rights and the International […]

Peace Corps Volunteer Supports Development of Women’s Business Group in Costa Rica

WASHINGTON, D.C., November 6, 2012 – Peace Corps volunteer Dorian Diaz del Castillo of San Diego, Calif., is working with eight women from his small Costa Rican community to develop business skills and generate income from the sale of hand-sewn products. Diaz del Castillo said that creating a new business will boost morale and generate […]

The U.S. Government’s Approach to Countering Somali Piracy

Remarks Thomas Kelly Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary, Bureau of Political-Military Affairs Remarks at Combating Piracy Week London, United Kingdom October 25, 2012 (2012) » The US Government’s Approach to Countering Somali Piracy The U.S. Government’s Approach to Countering Somali Piracy Remarks Thomas Kelly Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary, Bureau of Political-Military Affairs Remarks at Combating Piracy Week London, United Kingdom […]

Peace Corps Volunteers Lead Gender Equality Discussion in Azerbaijan

WASHINGTON, D.C., November, 2012 – Peace Corps volunteers Rick Wiersma of Rockford, Mich., and Roxann Brown of Wauwatosa, Wis., are working with their community to promote gender equality in Azerbaijan. This included recent group discussions on gender and development with more than 25 Azerbaijani students and community members in southern Azerbaijan. Topics reviewed included the […]

East Asia and the Pacific: U.S. Department of State and U.S.-Japan Bridging Foundation to Send Off First Group of Dogwood Trees as Part of the U.S.-Japan Friendship Blossoms Initiative

Officials from the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of East Asian and Pacific Affairs and the U.S.-Japan Bridging Foundation will hold a “send-off” ceremony today at the U.S. National Arboretum for the first 100 dogwood trees going to Japan as part of the Friendship Blossoms Initiative. This initiative, a public-private partnership between the Department of […]

Diplomatic Security : More than 230 Stopped at California Ports of Entry for Passport and Visa Fraud

Press Statement San Diego, CA October 15, 2012 From October 2011 through August 2012, authorities arrested and prosecuted over 230 individuals in the Southern District of California for using fraudulent or altered travel documents, including over 100 U.S. passports. Operation Joint Shield, a collaborative effort by the U.S. Department of State’s Diplomatic Security Service, U.S. […]

Secretary Clinton Inducts 19 New Peace Corps Volunteers in Senegal

WASHINGTON D.C., —  U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton administered the swearing-in oath in Dakar, Senegal to 19 Peace Corps volunteers who will be working in community economic development. The ceremony took place on the first day of Secretary Clinton’s six-country visit to Africa. U.S. Ambassador to Senegal Lewis Lukens, Assistant Secretary of African Affairs […]

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