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Senate Proceeding 03-11-10 on Mar 11th, 2010 :: 3:12:00 to 3:19:55
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Johnny Isakson

3:11:56 to 3:12:16( Edit History Discussion )

Johnny Isakson: resolution that should have been passed unanimously by this body. and with that, mr. preside would yield the floor. the presiding officer: the

Johnny Isakson

3:12:00 to 3:19:55( Edit History Discussion )
Speech By: Johnny Isakson

Johnny Isakson

3:12:17 to 3:12:39( Edit History Discussion )

Johnny Isakson: senator from georgia. mr. isakson: thank you, mr. president. i rise today on a very sad moment for me but a very poignant moment as wel this morning at 6:30 when i got up in my condominium in washington, i lit aandle, and when i returned -- return there this evening, i will relight that candle.

Johnny Isakson

3:12:40 to 3:13:00( Edit History Discussion )

Johnny Isakson: if you go on youtube and look to light a candle for kate puzy, you will understand why i lit that candle, because 12 months ago today, march 11 of last year, katherine puzy was murdered in benin, africa. two years of volunteer teaching in a school in benin, and she was brutally murdered and her

Johnny Isakson

3:13:01 to 3:13:21( Edit History Discussion )

Johnny Isakson: life was taken. i didn't know kate puzy in life, but i have come to know her well in death. when i read the article in the atlanta newspaper about her death, i felt compell to go to the funeral that day to a family i did not know, in a neighborhood i had not visited, and i sat at the back of the church and i listened for two

Johnny Isakson

3:13:22 to 3:13:42( Edit History Discussion )

Johnny Isakson: hours to the tributes of young person after young person after young person, minister after minister, teacher after teacher, peace corps volunteer after peace corps volunteer talking about this wonderful woman of the world, this wonderful light to the world. kate puzy graduated at the top of her class in cummings,

Johnny Isakson

3:13:43 to 3:14:03( Edit History Discussion )

Johnny Isakson: georgia, went on to william and mary college, graduated with distinction and honors. was president of student governor in high school. was everything you would like to see in a young person. but she was not just a citizen of america. she was a citizen of the world. she cared about the less fortunate. she cared deeply about troubled children.

Johnny Isakson

3:14:04 to 3:14:24( Edit History Discussion )

Johnny Isakson: she committed her life to the peace corps immediately upon her graduation from college. she was assigned to benin in west africa. i'm on the africa subcommittee and travel to africa every year. last year, i was in rwanda, tanzania, sudan and darr, kenya. i understand the wonderful work

Johnny Isakson

3:14:25 to 3:14:46( Edit History Discussion )

Johnny Isakson: of the peace corps volunteers in africa. they are bringing hope out of despair, love out of tragedy, and that was kate's mission in life. and to listen to those peace corps volunteers that served with her and they came to visit and tell me about her, she was a shing star in america, she was a shining star for the children of benin and africa. she was everything john kennedy

Johnny Isakson

3:14:47 to 3:15:07( Edit History Discussion )

Johnny Isakson: intended the peace corps to be around the world when he created it 49 years ago this month. tragically, kate was murdered. she was murdered at the hands of an alleged person who is pending trial now. a person that is alleged to have murdered her because kate puzey

Johnny Isakson

3:15:08 to 3:15:28( Edit History Discussion )

Johnny Isakson: did what's right. you see, kate, as a teacher in this school, learned there was an individual that was sexually abusing young african children. now, this town is not like washington. you don't pick up the phone and call the main desk and order ssmg you don't pick up a newspaper and reetd it. you don't just send an e-mail because it doesn't exist.

Johnny Isakson

3:15:29 to 3:15:49( Edit History Discussion )

Johnny Isakson: to communicate is very difficult. but kate, at risk to herself, communicated back to the central office what she had learned was taking place in the and the abuse of his children. the next day she was murdered at night in her hut. now, the trial hasn't taken place yet. i'm never going to convict

Johnny Isakson

3:15:50 to 3:16:11( Edit History Discussion )

Johnny Isakson: anybody until they've had their day of justice. but from all the evidence that's been seen, kate puzey died because she did what's right. and it caused me to think when i met with her folks a few weeks ago and listened to their concerns about other young people around the world volunteering in the peace corps, that maybe there's something that we ought to do as a tribute

Johnny Isakson

3:16:12 to 3:16:35( Edit History Discussion )

Johnny Isakson: to the sacrifice of kate puzey's life. and that is, find way to provide to these volunteers a protection, like whistle-blowers receive every day in government. you see, whistle-blower protection protects those who would report something that's being done wrong, keep them from being abused, but peace corps people are not employees. they are volunteers.

Johnny Isakson

3:16:36 to 3:16:56( Edit History Discussion )

Johnny Isakson: and i met with aaronhich will -- and i met with aaron williams, the director at the peas core. he agreed to meet with her parents, who suggested to him some of the things that could be done as a tribute to kate and hopefully preventing something like this from ever happening again. and i know aaron williams is looking at that. and i comndz him for the investigation he's dosmght and

Johnny Isakson

3:16:57 to 3:17:17( Edit History Discussion )

Johnny Isakson: christopher dodd from condmon this body, a peace corps volunteer himself many years ago, chris and i met. he has some legislation coming soon on the peace corps. and i spoke to him about incorporating a protection similar to the whistle-blower protections that government employees have for these volunteers that are in the peace corps.

Johnny Isakson

3:17:18 to 3:17:41( Edit History Discussion )

Johnny Isakson: and immediately he seized on the idea, because he recognized what i know peace corps volunteers aren't in the luxury spots around the world. they live in danger and with very little support. they live way out. but they live there because they want to help. they want to protect. they want to right the wrongs.

Johnny Isakson

3:17:42 to 3:18:03( Edit History Discussion )

Johnny Isakson: when i travel to africa every year, i invite peace corps volunteers for lunch, breakfast or dinner. it usually takes them a couple of days to get to me because they have to hitch rides or literally walk because there is no transportation. i realize how remote their service is but i also realize how wonderfully received their service is received in the countries where they serve.

Johnny Isakson

3:18:04 to 3:18:28( Edit History Discussion )

Johnny Isakson: were blessed as a nation to have had a president who created the peace corps. we are blessed as a nation to have 7,600 americans right now volunteering around the world, 155 of them from my home state of georgia. but periodically we face great tragedy. and a year ago kate puzey's life

Johnny Isakson

3:18:29 to 3:18:49( Edit History Discussion )

Johnny Isakson: was taken away from her, and her family tragically. we need to bring hope from that tragedy. weengd to have a sense of love -- we need to have a sense of love. the best way is to see that we pass legislation that protects or adds protection toeace corps volunteers for providing information that is critical to

Johnny Isakson

3:18:50 to 3:19:10( Edit History Discussion )

Johnny Isakson: be known and protect them from retribution. i will work wh chris dodd on thew as a tribute to kate. when i go home, i am going to relight that canldz, a candle that pays tribute to the life and the love and the many successes of kate puzey. while taken from us at the age of 24, she has left with us a legacy of everything that's right with america, everything

Johnny Isakson

3:19:11 to 3:19:31( Edit History Discussion )

Johnny Isakson: that's right with our youth, everything that's right with the peace corps. and that is to deliver the message of hope to people around the world who have no hope, promise to those who have despair, and hope for the future of mankind. mr. president, i pay tribute to the life of katherine "kate" puzey of cummings, georgia.

Johnny Isakson

3:19:32 to 3:19:46( Edit History Discussion )

Johnny Isakson: and i yield the floor. and i suggest the absence of a quorum. clerk will call the roll.

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