Today Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton announced the Civilian Response Corps, a group of civil federal employees who are trained to deploy to areas of crisis to provide prevention, reconstruction, and stabilization assistance, has reached 1,000 members at its two-year anniversary mark. The Corps is the only expeditionary interagency civilian force in the U.S. Government dedicated to conflict prevention and peacebuilding.
“The Civilian Response Corps puts smart power into action every day,” Secretary Clinton stated in a video address to Corps members attending a Civilian Responders’ Workshop. “Your efforts help reduce conflict and prevent weak and failing states from becoming havens for terrorists. In just two years, your ranks have grown to over 1,000 civilian responders – you, in effect, have become an army of peacebuilders.”
This important milestone was less than two years after the Corps was authorized by Congress in October 2008.
The Civilian Response Corps brings together civilian federal employees who are specially trained and equipped to deploy rapidly to prevent conflict or provide post-conflict and stabilization assistance to countries in crisis or emerging from conflict. Composed of both Active and Standby components, the Corps is an innovative partnership that leverages a wide range of expertise and experience from an unprecedented partnership of federal departments and agencies: Department of State; U.S. Agency for International Development; and Departments of Agriculture, Commerce, Health and Human Services, Homeland Security, and Justice.
Since its inception, members of the Civilian Response Corps have deployed to 28 countries around the world, including Afghanistan, Sudan, Haiti, the Democratic Republic of Congo and others, to carry out activities related to conflict assessment and prevention, whole of government crisis planning, and local capacity building.
To view the Secretary’s full remarks, please visit www.state.gov/video/?videoid=114750580001