Peace Corps: Overview and Issues [Updated December 17, 2021]   [open pdf - 1MB]

From the Summary: "Founded in 1961, the Peace Corps pursues a legislative mandate of promoting world peace and friendship by sending American volunteers to serve at the grassroots level in all corners of the world. [...] Peace Corps volunteers come from every U.S. state, and many public universities and colleges have close recruiting relationships with Peace Corps, generating consistent interest among Members of Congress in supporting constituents and their family members serving abroad. [...] The 117th Congress may consider proposed Peace Corps funding as part of the FY2022 State, Foreign Operations and Related Programs appropriations process, and may conduct oversight of reentry of volunteers throughout 2021. Congress may also monitor the implementation of the Farr-Castle Act, including progress as new policies and reporting lines are established for Peace Corps medical care. Congress may also work with Peace Corps during its annual portfolio review to ensure that volunteer health and safety is taken into account in decisionmaking, as well as to assess closure and opening of country programs as applicable. Several other issues may be of interest to Congress. Volunteer levels have declined in recent years from their peak of 9,095 in 2011, and the number of country programs has fallen from 69 in 2011 to 61 in 2020. Peace Corps has not achieved its statutory mandate of a 10,000-volunteer force since that goal was established. Volunteers also express dissatisfaction at the quality of training and their work responsibilities in annual surveys. Other Peace Corps issues that may be of interest to Congress include the geographic composition of Peace Corps programs, volunteer access to abortion, activities for returned volunteers, volunteer benefits, Peace Corps partnerships, and staffing practices of Peace Corps."

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CRS Report for Congress, RS21168
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Congressional Research Service: https://crsreports.congress.gov/
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