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Peace Corps Uganda Welcome Book | August 2008

Peace Corps Uganda Welcome Book | August 2008

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Peace Corps Uganda Welcome Book
Peace Corps Uganda Welcome Book

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Published by: Accessible Journal Media Peace Corps Docs on Jun 14, 2010
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Few Peace Corps Volunteers are victims of violent crimes.

But, just as in the U.S., crime happens, and Volunteers can

become victims. When this happens, the investigative team of

the Office of Inspector General (OIG) is charged with helping

pursue prosecution of those who perpetrate a violent crime

against a Volunteer. If you become a victim of a violent crime,

the decision whether or not to prosecute is entirely yours,

and one of the tasks of the OIG is to make sure you are fully

informed of your options and help you through the process

and procedures involved in going forward with prosecution

should you wish to do so. If you decide to prosecute, we are

here to assist you in every way we can.

Crimes that occur overseas, of course, are investigated and

prosecuted by local authorities in local courts. Our role is

to coordinate the investigation and evidence collection with

the regional security officers (RSOs) at the U.S. embassy,

local police, and local prosecutors and others to ensure that

your rights are protected to the fullest extent possible under

the laws of the country. OIG investigative staff has extensive

experience in criminal investigation, in working sensitively

with victims, and as an advocate for victims. We also may, in

certain limited circumstances, arrange for the retention of a

local lawyer to assist the local public prosecutor in making the

case against the individual who perpetrated the violent crime.



If you do become a victim of a violent crime, first, make sure

you are in a safe place and with people you trust and, second,

contact the country director or the Peace Corps medical

officer. Immediate reporting is important to the preservation

of evidence and the chances of apprehending the suspect.

Country directors and medical officers are required to report

all violent crimes to the Inspector General and the RSO. This

information is protected from unauthorized further disclosure

by the Privacy Act. Reporting the crime also helps prevent

your further victimization and protects your fellow Volunteers.

In conjunction with the RSO, the OIG does a preliminary

investigation of all violent crimes against Volunteers,

regardless of whether the crime has been reported to local

authorities or of the decision you may ultimately make to

prosecute. If you are a victim of a crime, our staff will work

with you through final disposition of the case. OIG staff is

available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. We may be contacted

through our 24-hour violent crime hotline via telephone

at 202-692-2911, or by e-mail at violentcrimehotline@


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