Peace Corps Director to Address Latin American Economic Forum

Director Vasquez to Keynote Luncheon at the UN

Apr 18, 2006, 01:00 ET from Latin American Economic Forum, Inc.

    NEW YORK, April 18 /PRNewswire/ -- Helping the Peace Corps celebrate a
 45-year legacy of service at home and abroad, Peace Corps Director Gaddi H.
 Vasquez will be in New York this week as keynote speaker for the Latin
 American Economic Forum luncheon April 20. The conference's theme is A New
 Vision for Latin America. Later that evening, Director Vasquez will address
 the National Peace Corps Association (NPCA) at an open house event marking
 the 45th anniversary. In addition, Director Vasquez will be available for
 general media interviews the morning of April 20.
     Director Vasquez is the 16th director of the Peace Corps, and the first
 Hispanic American to serve in this position. Under his leadership, the
 Peace Corps has realized a 30-year high in the number of volunteers in the
 field and 18 Peace Corps programs have been opened or reopened -- including
 the historic first entry into Mexico and the newest partnership with the
 Kingdom of Cambodia. In addition, Director Vasquez has expanded the Peace
 Corps' Crisis Corps program. Crisis Corps volunteers have assisted those in
 Guatemala hit by Hurricane Stan, Thailand and Sri Lanka by the tsunamis,
 and for the first time in the agency's history, those in the U.S. who had
 their lives devastated by Hurricane Katrina.
     WHO        Gaddi H. Vasquez, Peace Corps Director
     WHAT       Second Annual Latin American Economic Forum Keynote Luncheon
     WHEN       April 20, 2006, 1:00 p.m.
     WHERE      United Nations Headquarters
                West Terrace Dining Room, 4th Floor
                First Avenue at 46th Street
                New York, NY 10017
                Richard Parker
                Communications Director
     The Peace Corps is celebrating a 45-year legacy of service at home and
 abroad, and a 30-year high for volunteers in the field. Since 1961, more
 than 182,000 volunteers have helped promote a better understanding between
 Americans and the people of the 138 countries where volunteers have served.
 Peace Corps volunteers must be U.S. citizens and at least 18 years of age.
 Peace Corps service is a 27-month commitment.

SOURCE Latin American Economic Forum, Inc.