interview 17 Dec 15

Peace Corps Whistleblower Pays Price in Albania

Bonnie Scott believes she lost her job because she reported sexual harassment allegations against the former country director to Washington HQ.

Fatjona Mejdini
Bonnie Scott in Albania.

When Bonnie Scott left Seattle for Albania in March 2014 to join the Peace Corps as a volunteer, she never imagined the strange twists that her path in the country would take.

Back in Seattle, she had sold her house and car and quit a lucrative job and had departed for a new life in a country that she did not know much about.

"I applied to the Peace Corps to see if my skills could be used somewhere. I was originally supposed to go in Ukraine, but [the actions in Ukraine of Russian President Vladimir] Putin changed that, so they said that if I could leave in seven days I could go to Albania,” she recalled.

“I said: ‘Albania, what? Ok, whatever,’" she told BIRN in an interview in a bar in Tirana.

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