ATLANTA (AP) — President Barack Obama has signed into law a bill named for a 24-year-old Peace Corps volunteer from Cumming killed in 2009 in West Africa.
The Kate Puzey Peace Corps Volunteer Protection Act is aimed at providing better security and protection for Peace Corps volunteers and was introduced by Georgia Republican Sen. Johnny Isakson. Puzey was killed in Badjoude, Benin, soon after she reported a colleague for allegedly molesting some of the young girls they taught. Isakson, the ranking member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee’s Subcommittee on African Affairs, introduced the legislation with California Democratic Sen. Barbara Boxer in July.
The legislation provides whistleblower protection for Peace Corps volunteers and requires the Peace Corps to develop sexual assault risk-reduction and response training and protocol.