Congressman Ted Poe (TX-02) announces today that the House Judiciary Committee will hold Congressional Hearings into the sexual assault allegations of former KBR employee Jamie Leigh Jones against several of her coworkers in Iraq. The Hearing on "Enforcement of Federal Criminal Law to Protect Americans Working for U.S. Contractors in Iraq" is set for Wednesday, December 19, 2007 at 10:15am EST in room 2141 of the Rayburn House Office Building.

Congressman Poe sent numerous letters this week to State and Justice Department officials and joined Judiciary Chairman, Congressman John Conyers, in a letter to the Attorney General demanding immediate answers in the status of this investigation.

Jamie Leigh Jones has bravely decided to waive her rights to privacy and come forward with her story of a brutal sexual assault that she endured while working in Iraq, said Poe. In 2005, I was contacted by Jaimes father to facilitate her return from Iraq after she called him for help. Two years later we are still looking for answers as to why this case has not been investigated. Through Jamies decision to go public with her story, we now have the ability to demand answers in a public forum.

I applaud Chairman Conyers for his swift action and bringing this case before the Judiciary Committee. I will continue to work with my colleagues to see that her rights as an American citizen and a victim are upheld.

Congressman Poe was instrumental in facilitating the return of Jamie after receiving a call from her father in July 2005. Congressman Poe contacted the State Departments Department of Overseas Citizen Services, which then dispatched agents from the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad to rescue Jamie.

On July 21, 2005, Jamie Leigh Jones was sent to Iraq as a Kellogg Brown and Root (KBR) contractor. Within four days of being stationed in Baghdad, Jamie says that she was drugged and brutally raped by several of her coworkers, who were stationed there as KBR firefighters. After informing her superiors, Army doctors performed a forensic sexual assault examination on Jamie.

According to Jamie, KBR held her in a shipping container under armed guard without food or water for more than twenty-four hours. A sympathetic guard lent Jamie his cell phone and she was able to contact her father for help.

Congressman Poe is the founder and Co-Chair of the Congressional Victims Rights Caucus. As a former criminal court judge and prosecutor for over 30 years in Houston, Texas, Poe is recognized nationally for his creative sentencing of criminals and as a dedicated advocate for victims and children.