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 MEDIA CONTACT: Richard Parker Communications Director 202.359.0851 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
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