Fri., June 24, 2011 1:53pm (EDT)

Isakson Sponsors Peace Corps Protections
By William High
Updated: 3 years ago

ATLANTA  —  
Senator Isakson believes the bill to better protect Peace Corps volunteers will be passed. (photo courtesy Sen. Isakson)
Senator Isakson believes the bill to better protect Peace Corps volunteers will be passed. (photo courtesy Sen. Isakson)
Senator Johnny Isakson has introduced legislation that would protect people working in the Peace Corps who report others for assault.

The bill comes following the 2009 death of Kate Puzey of Cumming. She was allegedly murdered by a co-worker while working for the Peace Corps in Benin in West Africa after reporting him for allegedly sexually assaulting children.

Isakson says he expects the legislation to pass.

“We want to make sure that volunteer Peace Corps members have the same whistle blower protections any federal employee has; that they can communicate in confidence, and they can know that anything they communicate will be held in confidentiality.”

Earlier this year the senator personally traveled to meet Benin’s president and offer FBI assistance with the case.