American Peace Corps staff are immune to prosecution for crimes committed against Albanians. Peace Corps employee policy allows American staffers to resign when faced with charges or termination for misconduct. An American staffer will be prosecuted if they assault American staff, American volunteers or Albanian Peace Corps staff. There is no consequence for crimes against Albanians.
In August, Peace Corps investigated and confirmed that Earl Wall, country director Peace Corps Albania had stalked, harassed and assaulted at least two Albanian women. Rather than faces criminal charges, he resigned and left Albania September 5. His employee file is sealed by the Privacy Act, no further information is available.
Kristin Besch, Chief of Operations Peace Corps, came to Albania this past week to meet with volunteers. She confirmed the Peace Corps employee policy allowing American staff to resign in lieu of termination or misconduct charges. Volunteers asked if an American staffer would ever be prosecuted for a crime against an Albanian, murder for example. She said they would always be allowed to resign and leave per policy. When volunteers asked what recourse an Albanian would have, they were told that the victims should report to the Office of Investigator General (OIG) in Washington. This is laughable. How would an Albanian even know how to contact Peace Corps let alone the OIG within Peace Corps? Albanian victims have no recourse against American Peace Corps who commit crimes against them, per Peace Corps employee policy.
On August 7 I filed the initial report of Earl Wall’s assaults on Albanian women. On September 3, I learned that Earl had been allowed to resign and I went to my Peace Corps community with the truth. Peace Corps fired me September 13 because I failed to properly complete paperwork for a leave request. I am staying in Albania as an independent volunteer, honoring my commitment to the Albanian people by continuing to work with girl empowerment programs.