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Returned Peace Corps Volunteers Ask US Govt to Cease Aid to DR

Hundreds of returned Peace Corps volunteers who have served in the Dominican Republic since 1962 join together to demand the U.S. abide by its principles and pressure the Dominican government to ameliorate its citizenship crisis. In a powerful letter to Secretary of State John Kerry, 560 returned volunteers and 3 former country directors ask for the U.S. to act in accord with the Leahy laws, which call for suspension of aid to foreign security forces engaged in human rights violations. The letter notes as evidence the U.S. State Department’s own reports that Dominican security forces engage in rights violations, such as extrajudicial killings and torture.

An excerpt from the article is posted below. Click HERE for the full article.

Click HERE for the original letter.

Ex-Peace Corps volunteers unite for U.S. action on Dominican immigration policies

Mariano Castillo, CNN

August 10, 2015

The U.S. State Department’s position toward controversial citizenship and immigration laws in the Dominican Republic is being challenged by an unusual source: Hundreds of former Peace Corps volunteers who served there.

Some 560 former Peace Corps volunteers and three former Peace Corps country directors who worked in the Dominican Republic are calling for the United States to suspend funding to Dominican security forces accused of committing human rights violations against Dominicans of Haitian descent.

The letter to Secretary of State John Kerry documents abuses committed by some Dominican forces related to the country’s revocation of citizenship of Dominicans born of undocumented immigrants, and a simultaneous crackdown on illegal immigration from Haiti.

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Click HERE for the original letter.

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