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USA: Regulations

§ Sec. 62. 25 Secondary school students.

(d) Program administration: (10) Refrain, without exception, from acting as: (i) Both a host family and a local coordinator or area supervisor for an exchange student;

Kinder Surprise Eggs prohibited in the USA

I discovered this today. You will be taking the chance of getting fined for US$ 2500 for EACH egg you bring into the USA. What a nice surprise that would be??

Kinder Chocolate Eggs are Prohibited

Kinder chocolate eggs are prohibited as an export to the U.S. because the toy surprise hidden inside poses a choking and aspiration hazard in children younger than three years of age. The Kinder eggs are hollow milk chocolate eggs about the size of a large hen’s egg and are usually packaged in a colorful foil wrapper. The toy within the egg is contained in an oval-shaped plastic capsule and has small parts that require assembly. Each egg contains a different toy.

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) has determined that this product fails to meet small parts requirements for children less than three years of age. Additional information regarding unsafe toys and product recall announcements can be found at the CPSC website. U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) and the CPSC work jointly to ensure the safety of imported goods by examining, sampling and testing products that may present substantial hazards.

USA: DofS: Questions potential host-families MUST be asked

Title 22: Foreign Relations
PART 62—EXCHANGE VISITOR PROGRAM


Appendix F to Part 62—Information To Be Collected on Secondary School Student Host Family Applications

Basic Family Information:

a. Host Family Member—Full name and relationship (children and adults) either living full-time or part-time in the home or who frequently stay at the home)

b. Date of Birth (DOB) of all family members

c. Street Address

d. Contact information (telephone; e-mail address) of host parents

e. Employment—employer name, job title, and point of contact for each working resident of the home

f. Is the residence the site of a functioning business? (e.g., daycare, farm)

g. Description of each household member (e.g., level of education, profession, interests, community involvement, and relevant behavioral or other characteristics of such household members that could affect the successful integration of the exchange visitor into the household)

h. Has any member of your household ever been charged with any crime?

Household Pets:

a. Number of Pets

b. Type of Pets

Financial Resources:

a. Average Annual Income Range: Less than $25,000; $25,000-$35,000; $35,000-$45,000; $45,000-$55,000; $55,000-$65,000; $65,000-$75,000; and $75,000 and above. Note: The form must include a statement stating that: “The income data collected will be used solely for the purposes of ensuring that the basic needs of the exchange students can be met, including three quality meals and transportation to and from school activities”

b. Describe if anyone residing in the home receives any kind of public assistance (financial needs-based government subsidies for food or housing)

c. Identify those personal expenses expected to be covered by the student

Diet:

a. Does anyone in the family follow any dietary restrictions? (Y/N)

If yes, describe:

b. Do you expect the student to follow any dietary restrictions? (Y/N)

If yes, describe:

c. Would you feel comfortable hosting a student who follows a particular dietary restriction (ex. Vegetarian, Vegan, etc.)? (Y/N)

d. Would the family provide three (3) square meals daily?

High School Information:

a. Name and address of school (private or public school)

b. Name, address, e-mail and telephone number of school official

c. Approximate size of the school student body

d. Approximate distance between the school and your home

e. Approximate start date of the school year

f. How will the exchange student get to the school (e.g. bus, carpool, walk)?

g. Would the family provide special transportation for extracurricular activities after school or in the evenings, if required?

h. Which, if any, of your family’s children, presently attend the school in which the exchange visitor is enrolled?

If applicable list sports/clubs/activities, if any, your child(ren) participate(s) in at the school

i. Does any member of your household work for the high school in a coaching/teaching/or administrative capacity?

j. Has any member of your household had contact with a coach regarding the hosting of an exchange student with particular athletic ability?

If yes, please describe the contact and sport.

Community Information:

a. In what type of community do you live (e.g.: Urban, Suburban, Rural, Farm)

b. Population of community

c. Nearest Major City (Distance and population)

d. Nearest Airport (Distance)

e. City or town website

f. Briefly describe your neighborhood and community

g. What points of interest are near your area (parks, museums, historical sites)?

h. Areas in or near neighborhood to be avoided?

Home Description:

a. Describe your type of home (e.g., single family home, condominium, duplex, apartment, mobile home) and include photographs of the host family home’s exterior and grounds, kitchen, student’s bedroom, student’s bathroom, and family and living areas.

b. Describe Primary Rooms and Bedrooms

c. Number of Bathrooms

d. Will the exchange student share a bedroom? (Y/N)

If yes, with which household resident?

e. Describe the student’s bedroom

f. Describe amenities to which the student has access

g. Utilities

Family Activities:

a. Language spoken in home

b. Please describe activities and/or sports each family member participates in: (e.g., camping, hiking, dance, crafts, debate, drama, art, music, reading, soccer, baseball, horseback riding)

c. Describe your expectations regarding the responsibilities and behavior of the student while in your home (e.g., homework, household chores, curfew (school night and weekend), access to refrigerator and food, drinking of alcoholic beverages, driving, smoking, computer/Internet/E-Mail)

Would you be willing voluntarily to inform the exchange visitor in advance of any religious affiliations of household members? (Y/N)

Would any member of the household have difficulty hosting a student whose religious beliefs were different from their own? (Y/N) Note: A host family may want the exchange visitor to attend one or more religious services or programs with the family. The exchange visitor cannot be required to do so, but may decide to experience this facet of U.S. culture at his or her discretion.

How did you learn about being a host family?

References:

[75 FR 65984, Oct. 27, 2010]


Link to stories about host-families who thought it OK to do missionary work

Girl converting to Mormonism while exchange student

Spreading Christianity on the Sly: Chinese Students in U.S. Get Unexpected ‘Bonus’ of Church Teachings

Chinese Atheists Lured to Find Jesus at U.S. Christian Schools

Polish Exchange Student in US: My Half-Year of Hell With Christian Fundamentalists

Theres an atheist exchange student from North Korea in my class how can i convert her to god?

Exposing the Blind Side: A Reverted Catholic Looks Back

Does anyone have an opinion/scripture about taking in Foreign exchange students of a different faith?

Exchange student accepts Christ, disowned by family

Become a foreign missionary in your own home

Become a foreign missionary in your own home

Exchange student from Finland converted to Mormonism

Exchange student brought to Christ

Baptist families view exchange student hosting as ministry

Should I intervene with missionary efforts

Three exchange students baptized

Wayne Chen: Foreign Exchange Student baptism

German exchange student baptized before return

I baptized an exchange student from another country

by God’s grace I ended up living in Greenville

Chinese girl will be baptized in June

Exchange student from Monique baptized

Missionary lessons to German exchange student

Russian student baptized

Korean exchange student commits to Christ

USA: Letter of welcome from the US Department of State

Tusen takk til faren som sendte meg lenken til dette brevet fra US Department of State. Alle elever som reiser som utvekslingselev gjennom et utvekslingsprogram skal motta et slikt brev. I tillegg skal dere ha fått identifikasjonskort med diverse numre inklusive nødnummeret til Department of State.

2012: Årsaker til at PIE (Pacific Intercultural Exchange) måtte ut av Department of State programmet

Jeg har forsøkt å følge Pacific Intercultural Exchange (PIE) tilbake i tid for å se på noen av årsakene til at de ble sparket fra programmet i USA. Enkelte kommentarer har bagatellisert det som har skjedd.

For at US Department of State skal kutte ut støtten til et av programmene sine må det skjedd vedvarende brudd over lengre tid av fler enn noen «få» medarbeidere.

Kommentaren fra US Department of State 30. november 2012 var:

The Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA) has removed Pacific Intercultural Exchange (PIE) of San Diego from its list of designated Secondary School Student Exchange Visitor Program (EVP) sponsors, effective November 28, 2012.

In the face of perceived long-standing regulatory non-compliance and concern that PIE’s operations placed at risk the health, safety, and welfare of student participants, the Department of State initiated two sanction actions against PIE on July 17, 2012: one immediately suspending PIE’s operations for 120 days, and the other notifying PIE of the Department of State’s intent to deny PIE’s then- pending application for re-designation. The suspension, which was upheld through an administrative appeal process, expired on November 13.

On November 28, PIE withdrew its administrative challenge to the proposed non-redesignation.The Department of State places top priority on the health, safety and welfare of its exchange visitors. The Department will remain vigilant in its oversight of Exchange Visitor Program sponsors to guarantee that participants’ exchange experiences are both safe and rewarding.

2012 Dec 6: AP: Exchange student sponsor out over abuse claims

Pacific Intercultural Exchange mistet muligheten til å hente inn J1 utvekslingselever til USA. En av årsakene var seksuelle overgrep.

Tre av de mest alvorlige tilfellene gjaldt vertsforeldre som ble dømt. Gode bakgrunnskontroller var ikke utført.

Det ene tilfellet gjaldt Craig Steven Ley of Beaverton, Oregon. Ley var konkurs, arbeidsledig og sønnen hadde flyttet hjem til moren.  Carol Jones, representanten for PIE, observerte ved et hjemmebesøk utvekslingseleven i Leys seng. Utrolig nok, trodde hun på forklaringen til Ley.

Ley fikk fengselstraff og ble idømt bot for overgrepene mot den tyske utvekslingseleven. Hadde PIE gjort en god bakgrunnskontroll, ville de ha oppdaget at Ley allerede hadde en dom mot seg.

I 2004 ble han dømt for «mail fraud». Også denne gangen var det en utvekslingselev som ble offeret hans. Ley benyttet seg av utvekslingselevens personalia.

John M. Doty erkjente at PIE visste om dommen siden 2006.

Et annet tilfelle med seksuelle overgrep gjaldt vertsfaren Shernon James fra Naples.

Shernon James var tidligere blitt arrestert for besittelse av barnepornografi. Saken var blitt henlagt fordi tilståelsen hans ikke ble tatt opp. Den senere saken gjaldt en utvekslingselev.

Et program som heter «Big Brother» (støttekontakter) hadde også tatt bakgrunnskontroll av James. De hadde ikke problemer med å finne ut om de tidligere anklagene.

Men tilsynelatende hadde ikke PIE funnet de samme opplysningene.

Den tredje saken foregikk over mange år og i flere stater. Den tidligere presten William Romero hadde blitt beskyldt for å begå overgrep av flere personer. Saken var blitt rapportert videre oppover i den katolske kirken, men ingenting skjedde. Hvorvidt noen ved Pacific var klar over tilfellene er vanskelig for meg å uttale meg om. Siden han hadde vært vertsfar for flere ungdommer over en del år er det vanskelig for meg å forestille meg at ikke en eneste en av dem klaget til noen. Men, som sagt, det har jeg egentlig ikke noen anelse om. Men en ting er sikkert. Romero likte gutter som var yngre enn seg. Mange gutter.

Som man ser av ansettelseshistorien hans så har anledningene vært mange:Youth Director and Catechism Teacher, St. Ann School; Priest and Youth Group Leader, St. Ann School; Youth Pastor, St. Ann School; Parish Priest, St. Joseph; Pastor, St. Joseph; Chaplain, Miami; Prosecutor, Miami; Teacher, St. Ann; Priest On Staff, St. Christopher Catholic Church; Priest, St. Ann Parish; Priest.

Merk dere at alle tre menn virket hyggelige for de fleste voksne.

Dette er de tre sakene jeg har klart å grave opp som har fellende dom ved seg. Utover dette kommer det bortforklaringer fra PIE’s ulike talspersoner. I tillegg har vi flere tilfeller av andre former for overgrep fra enten representanter eller vertsforeldres side.

Da de diverse sakene rundt PIE kom fram for en dag satt John Doty som president av Pacific Intercultural Exchange. Ifølge zoom.info ser Dotys karriere ut sånn her:

Employment History

  • Executive Director, P.I.E. Company
  • President, Pacific Intercultural Exchange
  • Executive Director, Pacific Intercultural Exchange

Board Memberships and Affiliations

  • Board Member, Pacific Intercultural Exchange
  • Board Member, Council on Standards for International Educational Travel
  • Chair, Board of Directors, Council on Standards for International Educational Travel

Doty har vært med PIE minst siden 1992. Det vil si at han burde ha en viss peiling på hva som foregår i bedriften. I 1992 var han executive director. Den lange fartstiden burde også bety at Doty i aller høyeste grad visste hvilke regler som gjaldt. At han I tillegg hadde vært en del av styret til CSIET, og dermed med på å kontrollere sitt eget firma, viser i enda større grad hvilken kunnskap John M. Doty innehadde.

I 2010 bestemte Vermilion School Board seg for å:

Move to approve terminating the Board’s relationship with Pacific Exchange International for the placement of foreign exchange students at parish high schools.

Årsakene for avgjørelsen var:

The issue before the Education Committee was the ability of one of the two foreign exchange companies working in the parish to be able to provide adequate housing to their guest students. Included in the complaint were the living conditions, the lack of host families to be able to financially provide adequate meals and that outside educational activities were not being provided.

I 2010 rotet PIE det til og forårsaket hjemsendelsen av Taissiya Kryazhova. PIE hadde ikke klart å ordne med skolepapirene hennes før hun ankom landet. I og med at CSFES anmeldte dem til State Department kunne ikke PIE v/John Doty late som om ingenting hadde skjedd. På den tiden satt John Doty i en dobbeltrolle. CSIET er fellesorganisasjonen for utvekslingsprogrammer i USA. De er et selv-regulerende organ. Intensjonene er de beste, men som vi ser med PIE og John Doty kan det bli litt fristende å ikke være strenge nok. Særlig om man som Doty gjorde i 2010 sitter i styret til CSIET. Ifølge AP forsøkte PIE å forfalske feilen sin. Det samme skjedde i Oregon.

2012 Sep 26: Pacific Intercultural Exchange president tells jurors he didn’t admit to feds he knew of felony in Beaverton case

The president of a long-time exchange program, being sued by a former student, did not tell the State Department that he knew about a host father’s past felony

…Doty acknowledged in court that he did not include a letter Ley had written explaining the federal mail fraud conviction.

Norske Live Skiftesvik fra Askøy dro gjennom PIE til San Antonio i Texas. Live opplevde etter hvert at hun ble behandlet som en tjener og overvåket av vertsfar. Hennes faste oppgave ble å medisinere vertsbroren. I tillegg måtte hun kjøpe inn maten sin selv, samt gjøre brorparten av husarbeidet. En vanlig trussel fra enten representant eller/og vertsfamilie er at om man ikke gjør som de vil blir man sendt hjem (uavhengig av regelbrudd).

2012 Jul 30: Utvekslingsåret ble et mareritt

Pacific Intercultural Exchange er ikke noe unikt eksempel på hvordan industrien fungerer der borte. Når John M. Doty sier:

«If the school says, I wouldn’t place a student with that family, we listen,» he said. «Our program brought in 20,000 students in the past 20 years and never had any reported abuse.»

så er det vel ikke så vanskelig å se at han snakker mot bedre vitende.

Når man tar med alle elevene som kommer inn i USA uten at hverken hjem eller skole er ordnet allerede blir det et problem som må løses og som CSFES overalt i verden ønsker å bistå utvekslingsbransjen med. For vi er faktisk IKKE ute etter å ta bransjen, vi er bare ute etter å fjerne de som ikke burde være en del av den og å påpeke ting når de skjer.

Vår egen erfaring er den at industrien både her i Norge og i USA lyver deg rett opp i ansiktet. Vi informerte INTO om problemene med Becky Sanderson. Men Sanderson hadde vært med i FIEA ganske lenge og klagene mot henne ved State Department var mange. Da blir det utrolig vanskelig for oss som foreldre å tro på noen av firmaene på det de uttaler seg om. Nå er Becky Sanderson ute av industrien, men hun og John Doty og PIE er langt fra de eneste som har problemer med ærlighet, redelighet og en vilje til å høre på når man forsøker å informere.

Reglene for utvekslingsprogrammene ble betydelig strammet inn i USA i 2006 og igjen i 2010. Men reglene må overholdes og kontrolleres av uavhengige. Det kan ikke være sånn at det er industrien selv som skal passe på seg. I teorien er det nettopp det som er State Department’s oppgave. Men som alle andre statlige organer er og de underbemannede og kanskje for godt kjent med motparten. Vennskap kan fort komme i veien for objektivitet og tidspress fører lett til feil. Da blir utvekslingseleven og familien hans/hennes sittende der med falske påstander, ulovlige underskrifter, uærlige hjemsendinger og langtidsskader som elev og familie må slite med lenge etter hjemkomst.

Og tro for all del ikke at USA er i noen særposisjon. Om noe er USA et av de bedre landene å reise til som utvekslingselev – nettopp fordi man der har reguleringer som skal beskytte eleven. Her i Norge har vi ikke noe annet enn allmenn lov som beskytter elevene som kommer hit. Om noe skjærer seg mellom elev og vertsfamilie /utvekslingsfirma har ikke utvekslingseleven noen beskyttelse. Også på dette området kan man trygt si at Norge IKKE er et foregangsland.

USA: Hvem klager man til og hvordan klager man?

Jeg tenkte det kunne være greit å ha en mal på hvordan klagen man sender inn til ECA (klageinstansen for utvekslingselever) kan se ut. Den inkluderer emailadressene man skal benytte. CSFES hadde satt stor pris på om dere kunne sende en kopi til oss. Nederst står alle dere må sende kopi til pluss alle emailadressene dere trenger:

United States Department of State
Office of Private Sector Exchange Administration
Mr. Henry Scott, Director
Private Sector Programs Division
James Alexander, Branch Chief
Darra Klein, Branch Chief

Dear Sirs and Madams,

RE: Elevens navn, landskode (NO…), Utvekslingsorganisjonene

–  Sakens natur

PARTIES

U.S. Placement Agency: Navn på organisasjon
–  De ulike menneskene der har hatt med å gjøre oppover i hierarkiet

Sending Agency:  Navn på norsk organisasjon
–  De ulike representantene oppover i hierarkiet

Exchange student:

Host family: Navn, adresse, kontaktinformasjon

School: Navn (adresse og kontaktinformasjon)

FACTS:
1. Ankomstsdato
2. Når problemene startet
3. Når dere gjorde andre oppmerksomme på problemet.
4. Deres reaksjon
5. Hjemsendelsesdato (om aktuelt)

Description and comments
Her pleier jeg å si litt om når eleven kom USA og hvordan familieforholdet og relasjonen til lokalrepresentanten var. Etter det går jeg fram skritt for skritt og forklarer hvordan situasjonen utviklet seg og henviser til vedlegg.

Erfaringsmessig er det disse partene jeg skriver mest om:

  1. På førsteplass kommer soleklart vertshjemmet (elendig tilstand) og/eller vertsfamilien og/eller nabolag.
  2. Utvekslingsorganisasjonens ulike representanter er veldig forskjellige personligheter. Noen er rett og slett mobbere og manipulatører. Andre er dedikerte som få. Oftest vil de som sitter høyere opp i gradene bry seg lite om eleven og mest om rykte.
  3. Skolen er ikke det dere ble lovet. Norsk lov krever visse fag for at deler av lånet skal bli stipend.
  4. Fremmede. Da er det oftest snakk om kriminelle handlinger.

Lise Lottes råd nr 1. DOKUMENTER. FB meldinger, ikke-slettede SMS, screenshots, bilder osv. Jo mer dere kan legge ved klagen som underbygger det dere påstår, desto bedre er det.

Sincerely,

Lise Lotte M. Almenningen
CSFES Norway

Encl: 5

Cc: CSIET

Navn på mottakerorganisasjonen i USA

Navn på avsenderorganisasjonen i Norge

SIU (Senter for Internasjonalisering av Utdanning)

CSFES

Foreldre

Til: AGalert@State.gov, jvisas@state.gov, AGexchanges@state.gov, HighSchoolExchanges@state.gov

Kopi: cpage@csiet.org, isaac@csiet.org, siu@siu.org, complaints@csfes.org

Om dere trenger hjelp til å skrive klagen (det er ikke alltid så lett å vite hva man skal ta med), har spørsmål eller bare trenger å snakke med en som har vært i en lignende situasjon er det bare å ta kontakt med meg på margarethesdatter@csfes.org


Skrevet om 22 desember 2016

2012 Jun 26: AYUSA: Uteblivelse av vitne = dismissal

En av de vanligste årsakene til at rettssaker som har med ulike former for mishandling blir henlagt er fordi vitnet ikke reiser tilbake til utvekslingslandet. I dette tilfellet har vi å gjøre med en mann som ble arrestert pga av pornografiske bilder av utvekslingselevene sine.

Richard Mink hadde hatt utvekslingselever boende hos seg i nesten 20 år. I 2010 ble han arrestert for seksuelle overgrep mot mindreårige. Saken ble henlagt fordi de tidligere utvekslingselevene ikke ville tilbake til USA for å vitne.

I dette tilfellet var det utvekslingsfirmaet AYUSA som stod bak utplassering av eleven.

Child porn manufacture case against Muskegon exchange-student host dismissed

John S. Hausman | jhausman@mlive.com By John S. Hausman | jhausman@mlive.com The Muskegon Chronicle on June 26, 2012 at 11:52 AM, updated June 26, 2012 at  5:50 PM

Richard-Mink.jpgRichard Mink

MUSKEGON, MI – The case against Richard William Mink of Muskegon, a longtime foreign-exchange student host charged with manufacturing child pornography of a student, has been dismissed because the alleged victim refuses to return from Germany to testify.

The Muskegon County Prosecutor’s Office dismissed the case Tuesday morning “without prejudice,” meaning prosecutors could refile it later if the alleged victim becomes available.

The trial for Mink, 77, of Muskegon had been scheduled to begin Tuesday. He was charged with a 20-year felony.

Mink had been accused of taking nude photos of a 16-year-old German male exchange student in 2009. The case had been pending for some 18 months, but trial was repeatedly delayed when the victim declined to return to the United States.

An earlier case against Mink of second-degree child abuse, involving a 15-year-old South Korean male exchange student in 2010, was dismissed in February 2011 for the same reason.

Mink had been accused of abusing the Korean boy in a variety of ways, including paddling the boy on his bare bottom, making him walk naked in front of Mink, and watching him shower and fondling his genitals. In a Chronicle interview in February 2011 Mink acknowledged some of those allegations but denied the fondling.

Both allegations surfaced in December 2010 after the South Korean student, who had been attending a local high school in Muskegon County, told a school counselor that he had been abused, sometimes sexually, at the hands of Mink.

The Muskegon police investigation into the Korean boy’s case led authorities to search Mink’s home, where they discovered nude photos of the German male exchange student, allegedly taken by Mink.

Email John Hausman at jhausman@mlive.com or follow him on Twitter at @johnshausman

US Department of State: Kontaktinformasjon

Dette er numre dere allerede skal ha fått av utvekslingsorganisasjonen (lovbestemt i USA).

Private Sector Programs Division (Har med spørsmål om utvekslingsbedriftene)

Mailing Address:

  • U.S. Department of State Office of Exchange Coordination and Compliance
  • ECA/EC/ECC – SA-5,
  • Floor C2
  • 2200 C Street, NW Washington, DC 20522-0505

Street Address (couriers):

  • U.S. Department of State Office of Exchange Coordination and Compliance
  • ECA/EC/ECC – SA-5,
  • Floor C2 2200 C Street, NW Washington, DC 20037

FAX number: (202) 632-2900 Email: jvisas@state.gov

Secondary School Student and Summer Work Travel Helpline

1-866-283-9090 (24 hours a day, 7 days a week)

The Department of State activated the helpline to ensure the health and safety of its exchange participants. Students have a right to be treated fairly and to report abuse without retaliation or threat of program cancellation.

Report Abuse or Exploitation

If you are mistreated or your rights are violated, call these toll-free numbers:

  • Secondary School Student and Summer Work Travel Helpline: 1-866-283-9090

If you are in immediate physical danger, call 911.

Know your rights: Report Abuse or Exploitation (PDF)

2009 Jun 03: Casey Presses State Department on Mistreatment of Foreign Exchange Students

Wednesday, June 3, 2009

WASHINGTON, DC- Following his meeting with Miller Crouch, Acting Assistant Secretary of State for the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs on the situation with mistreated foreign exchange students in Pennsylvania, U.S. Senator Bob Casey (D-PA) today released the following statement:

“As new details emerge on the intolerable living conditions foreign exchange students were forced to endure in Lackawanna and Luzerne counties, I have concluded that our system failed these young people.  In my meeting yesterday with the leading State Department official responsible for the oversight of educational exchange programs, he acknowledged a ‘systemic failure’ on the part of the Aspect Foundation and the need for the Department to establish more safeguards in the process to monitor personnel responsible for the safety and welfare of students.

When a family sends their son or daughter to the United States to experience a glimpse of American culture and values, they should not have to worry that their child will go without food or live in dangerous conditions without any supervision.  I look forward to working with the State Department to immediately correct the flaws in the existing process and ensure that future exchange students visiting the United States will only be placed with responsible families that have been fully vetted.”

Last week, Senator Casey sent a letter to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton urging her to investigate the Department of State’s oversight of U.S. youth exchange programs following reports of abuse and mistreatment of the foreign exchange students in Pennsylvania.

Nine foreign exchange students between the ages of 15 and 18 have been placed in the care of Lackawanna County’s Department of Human Services.  According to officials, some children were in need of medical attention due to malnutrition and dehydration while others were living in unsanitary conditions and in homes that were recently condemned.  Only after their teachers voiced concerns did their neglect come to light.  Currently, foreign exchange students are eligible to attend approximately 430 high schools, colleges and universities throughout Pennsylvania.

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Press Contact

Larry Smar: (202) 228-6367

(Uthevelser red.anm.)


USA: Reguleringer kan føre til dårlige vertshjem

SEVIS bildeDet finnes mange grunner til at utvekslingselever våre havner  i dårlige familier i USA. En av disse årsakene er byråkratisk og muligens unik for USA.

Den enkelte utvekslingsorganisasjon i USA får tildelt et visst antall utvekslingselever det har lov til å plassere. Dette skjer via  SEVIS visa hvert år. Om ikke hele antallet man har fått tildelt blir plassert, vil antallet elever man har rett til å plasseres reduseres til det antallet man fant vertshjem til det inneværende året. Det overskytende antallet utvekslingselevet blir tildelt et annet firma.

Med SEVIS kvoten følger det en viss sum per utvekslingselev plassert. Det betyr da at utvekslingsorganisasjonen taper deler av tilskuddet sitt det neste året.

Motivet til utvekslingsorganisasjonene blir da IKKE å gi eleven den best mulige familien, men å fylle opp SEVIS kvoten sin. Hvert visum betyr penger i kassen for utvekslingsorganisasjonen. Å jukse litt blir enklere å forsvare for de representantene som har lett for sånt – som Becky Sanderson (Forte International Exchange Association) som nå har 45 saker mot seg hos State Department. Hun plasserer elever hos alle mulige familier og forteller sine lokalrepresentanter at de skal godkjenne familier som strengt tatt ikke burde være godkjente – sånn som i saken til M.

USA: CSIET approved exchange programs (2015/2016)

«Listing is neither an endorsement of an organization nor a guarantee of the quality of its programs. In addition, listing by CSIET does not suggest that only listed organizations are legitimate.» (CSIET)

What this means, is that although these firms have paid to be on CSIET’s list over approved firms, CSIET does not take responsibility for having the exchange firms in their «club».  However CSIET also state in their application form that:

«If the applicant is found to be in compliance with the Council’s standards, it is accepted for listing. This entitles the applicant to publicize the fact that its programs are conducted in accordance with the published standards. (CSIET

The main difference between J-1 programs and F-1 programs is the price. In addition, regulations differ. F-1 programs have fewer regulations guiding them but provide access to practical educations. F-1 programs pay the host-family and schools fees. A student does NOT need to be part of a student exchange program to get their F-1 visa (unlike the J-1 visa). The US Department of State lists its J-1 approved programs here. JVisas@state.gov


AACE – American Academic and Cultural Exchange, Inc.

PO Box 285, Reedville, VA 22539
Phone: (804) 453-9070

  • Irene Seigler, President: aaceiseigler@comcast.net / seigler@ix.netcom.com

Listing status: Provisional
J-1 students


AACEA: Asian American Cultural Exchange Association (WHUB8FN: 2009)

1617 Brentwood Road Bensalem, PA 19020.
Phone: 267-303-4442

Listing Status: Full
F1 Visum


ACES: American Cultural Exchange Service / ACE Language Institute (C2803679: 2005)

1 Lake Bellevue, Ste. 200, Bellevue, WA 98005
Phone: 425-453-2237 or 800-661-2237

Listing Status: Full
J1 Visum


ACIE – American Councils for International Education: ACTR/ACCELS, Inc. (CA: C2944281: 2006 / DC: 891314)

1828 L Street, NW, Suite 1200, Washington, DC 20036
Phone: 202-833-7522 / Emergency: 1-800-621-9559

  • inbound@americancouncils.org / general@americancouncils.org / info@americancouncils.org – www.americancouncils.org
  • Dan E. Davidson, President: ddavidson@americancouncils.org
  • Lisa Choate, Executive Vice-President: choate@americancouncils.org

Listing Status: Full
J1 Visum


AFICE: Academic Foundation for International Cultural Exchange (C2299827: 2003)

7242 La Jolla Boulevard, La Jolla, CA 92037
Phone: 858-455-0302

Listing Status: Full
J1 Visum

  • Secondary School Student Letter of Reprimand
  • Violated regulations relating to, e.g., host family screening and selection, school enrollment, and SEVIS recordkeeping. 11/23/10

AFS-USA, Inc. (NY: 853110)

120 Wall St New York, NY 10005 USA
Phone: +1.212.807.8686 / 1-800-876-2376

  • www.afsusa.org
  • afsinfo@afsusa.org / hotline@afsusa.org
  • Jorge Castro, Partner/President: jcastro@afsusa.org
  • Kristen Bates, Chief Programs Officer: kbates@afsusa.org

Listing Status: Full
J1 Visum

  1. november 2010:  Letter of Reprimand/Corrective action plan: Improve host family screening and selection; improve SEVIS recordkeeping.
  2. januar 2013: Letter of Reprimand: Improve host family application and selection
  3. Glassdoor employee reviews

AIFS: American Institute for Foreign Study) Foundation – AYA: Academic Year in America (For-profit) (CT: 0020554: 1967 / CT: 0002034: 1973)

Potential area of conflict: One of AIFS/AYA’s subsidiaries is the insurance company Cultural Insurance Services International (CISI), http://www.culturalinsurance.com/

AIFS

1 High Ridge Park, Stamford, CT 06905
Phone: (866) 906 2437 / (203) 399 5000

  • info@aifs.com – http://aifs.com/
  • Melanie French, President & Director: mfrench@aifs.org
  • William L Gertz, President & CEO: wgertz@aifs.com

AYA:

1 High Ridge Park, Stamford, CT 06905
Phone: 800-322-4678

Listing Status: Full
J1 Visum


AHLI – American Home Life International (PA: 2069787: 1991)

Christian mission

2137 Embassy Drive, Suite 202; Lancaster, PA 17603
Phone: 717-560-2840

  • amhomelife@amhomelife.org / www.amhomelife.org
  • Deborah Siegrist, Administrator Admissions: deborahs@amhomelife.org
  • Keith E. Mayer, CEO: keithm@amhomelife.org

Listing Status: Full
F1 Visum


AHN-USA: American Homestay Network

8201 164th Ave NE, Suite 200, Redmond, WA 98052
Phone: 888-268-1903 / Fax: 925-396-7063

Listing status: Provisional
F-1 Visum


AHS: American Homestay Services

5877 Commerce Street, room 116 , Pittsburgh, PA 15206
Phone: 1-412-567-8617

  •  info@homestaynet.us / homestaynet.us
  • Andrew Hang Chen, President: andrew.chen@homestaynet.us

Listing status: Provisional
F-1 Visum


AIEP: Apex International Education Partners (CT: 1038929: 2011)

51 Depot Street, Suite 211, Watertown, CT 06795
Phone: 203-992-2437

Listing Status: Provisional
F-1 Visa


AISE-YL: Amicus International Student Exchange – Young Life / The Young Life Campaign (Non-profit) (TX: 0008104801: 1941)

Christian mission

420 N. Cascade Avenue, Colorado Springs, CO 80903
Phone: 877-438-9572 / Fax: 719-381-1750

Listing Status: Full
J1 Visum


Ameristudent LLC (CA 201427910449: 2014)

9261 Jordan Ave, Chatsworth CA 91311
Phone: 877-385-8425

  • connect@ameristudent.com
  • Robert Chevalier: CEO: robert@ameristudent.com
  • David Westgate: International Director:

Listing: Provisional
F-1 Visum


(Kaplan) Aspect Foundation (CA: C1265653: 1985 / WA: 601403559: 2009)

211 Sutter Street, 10th Floor, San Francisco, CA 94108
Phone: 415-228-8050 / Emergency: 1-800-US-YOUTH

  • exchange@aspectfoundation.org – info@aspectfoundation.org – http://www.aspectfoundation.org/
  • Donita Zblewski, Regional Director: donita.zblewski@aspectfoundation.org
  • Vivian Fearen, President CA: vivian.fearen@aspectfoundation.org

Listing Status: Full
J1 Visum


ASSE International, Inc.  (CA: C0780437: 1976)

228 North Coast Highway, Laguna Beach, CA 92651
Phone: 949-494 4100 / Emergency: 1-800-333-3802

  • info@asse.com / needhelpnow@asse.com / asseusawest@asse.com / asseusasouth@asse.com / asseusamidwest@asse.com / asseusaeast@asse.com /
  • www.asse.com
  • Bill (William) Gustafson, President and CEO: wgustafson@asse.com – Bill@asse.com

Listing Status: Full
J1 Visum


ASSIST: American Secondary Schools for International Students and Teachers (NH: 122328: 1987)

P. O. Box 969
Suite 217 – Suffield Village, 68 Bridge Street, Suffield, CT 06078
Phone: (860) 668-5706

Listing Status: Full
J1 Visum/F1 Visum


ATAD: Association for Teen-Age Diplomats, Inc (NY 77263: 1951)

212 Fitzhugh Street S, Rochester, NY 14608
Phone: 585 872 2916

Listing Status: Full
F-1 Visum


AYUSA International (subsidiary of Intrax, Inc. CA: C1115919: 1982)

600 California Street, 10th Floor, San Francisco, CA 94108
Phone: 415-434-1212 or (toll-free) 800-727-4540 / 888.552.9872

  • studentsupport@ayusa.org / info@ayusa.org – www.ayusa.org
  • Sherry Carpenter, Executive Director: scarpenter@ayusa.org

AYUSA Germany: info@ayusa-germany.de | John Wilhelm, President
AYUSA Japan: info@ayusajapan.org | Takeshi Yokota, Vice President

Listing Status: Full
J-1 Visum

  • Letter of Reprimand Corrective Action Plan / Violated regulations relating to, e.g., host family screening and selection, school enrollment, and SEVIS recordkeeping. 11/23/10
  • Anderson v. Intrax, Inc. et al

Azumano International / Japonica Inc. / CI Travel (OR: 272935-88: 1991)

320 SW Stark, Ste. 506, Portland, OR 97204
OR: (503) 294-6488 / WA: (206) 623-7060

Listing Status: Full
F1 Visum


CASE: Cultural Academic Student Exchange (NJ: 0100387842: 1988)

112 Squire Hill Road, Montclair, NJ 07043
Phone: 800-458-8336 / Phone: 201-773-8299

Listing Status: Full
J-1 Visa


CAW: Children Around the World (KS: 0914564: 1985)

521 Herschel Rd; Wichita, KS
Phone: 316-641-0005

Listing Status: Full
F1 Visum


CCI Greenheart (Center for Cultural Interchange) – Greenheart International (IL: 601398923: 1992)

712 N. Wells St., Chicago, IL 60654
Phone: 312-944-2544 or 800-634-4771

746 N. LaSalle Drive, Chicago, IL, 60654
Tel: 312-944-2544 /Toll-free ( in the U.S. ): 866-CCI-0061

  • www.cci-exchange.com / http://www.greenheart.info/
  • greenheart@cci-exchange.org / contact@cci-exchange.org
  • Megan Bhati, Director J-1: mbhatia@cci-exchange.org
  • Juliet Jones, Program Director F-1: jjones@ccigreenheart.org
  • Gwen Vitzthum J-1/F-1: gvitzthum@ccigreenheart.org

Listing Status: Full
J1 Visum/F1 Visum


Explorius Education (CETI, CETUSA, Educatius)

CET International / Subsidiary of Explorius Education

110 Grand Avenue, Bellingham, WA 98225
Phone: +1.949.940.1140 / Toll-Free: 1.888.423-887

Listing status – Full
F-1 Visa

CETUSA: Council for Educational Travel, USA (CA: C1760860: 1995) / Subsidiary of Explorius Education

678 Front Avenue NW, Suite 091A, Grand Rapids, MI 49504
Phone: 616-365-9940 / Toll-Free: 888-238-8721

  • highschool@cetusa.org – http://www.cetusa.org/
  • Terry Watson, CEO: terry@cetusa.org
  • Peg Spoelstra, Program Director: peg@cetusa.org

Listing Status: Full
J1 Visum

    • 1st january 2012: Notice of Intent to Deny Redesignation Application; Sponsor Withdrawal from Program: Inappropriate use of the Exchange Visitor Program; Disregard of health, safety, and welfare of participants; Inadequate SEVIS recordkeeping (Summer Work Program)
    • 2nd february 2013: Letter of Reprimand: Failure promptly to notify the Department of litigation (Summer Work Program)
    • Council for Educational Travel, USA v. International Student Exchange Program et al
Educatius, Inc (DE: 4641887) (Subsidiary of Explorius Education)

22 Batterymarch St., Boston, MA 02109 USA
Phone: +1 617 292 0035

Listing status: Provisional
F-1 Visa


CHI: Cultural Homestay International (CA: C0812697: 1977)

104 Butterfield Road, San Anselmo, CA 94960
Phone: 415-459-5397 / 1-800-432-4643

Listing Status: Full
J1 Visum


CIEE: Council on International Educational Exchange, Inc.  (PA: 2051986: 1991)

300 Fore Street, Portland, ME 04101
Phone: 1.800.40.STUDY or 1.207.553.4000 / Fax: 1.207.553.4299

  • www.ciee.org/highschool
  • highschool@ciee.org / contact@ciee.org
  • Penny Alexander (Africa and Australia) : palexander@ciee.org
  • Janine el Tal (Middle-East, North-Africa & South-Asia): jeltal@ciee.org
  • Caroline Maas (Northern Europe): cmaas@ciee.org
  • Clara Rodes (Southern Europe): crodes@ciee.org
  • Craig Hastings (Latin America & Caribbean): chastings@ciee.org
  • Colin Bezenar (Asia): cbezenar@ciee.org

Listing Status: Full
J-1 Visa / F-1 Visa


CIIE: The Cambridge Institute of International Education

Phone: 781-996-0400

Listing Status: Provisional
F1 Visum

GPH: Green Planet Homestays (subsidiary of CIIE) (MA: 001050720: 2011)

gphomestay
1025 Main Street, Floor 3, Waltham, MA, 02451
Phone: 781-996-0429


EduBoston

Address: 161 Harvard Ave. Suite #13A, Allston, MA 02134
Phone: 617-254-1117 / 国语:+86 13701002798

  • Email: contact@eduboston.com
  • eduboston.com

Listing status: Full
F-1 visa


EF Education First, Inc / EF High School Year (CA: C1301690: 1984)

Potential area of conflict: The insurance company EF uses – Erika / Efekta Insurance – is a subsidiary of EF Edcuation.

One Education Street, Cambridge, MA 02141
Phone: 617-619-1739 / 800-447-4273

Listing Status: Full
J-1 Visa


EMF: Educational Merit Foundation For Student Exchange (TX: 0120246701: 1991)

6526 Lakecrest Drive, Sachse, TX 75048-5773
Phone: 972-495-3868 or 800-467-8363

Listing Status: Full
J-1 Visa


ERDT Share! (Educational Resource Development Trust)  (CA: C0709510: 1974)

2601 Ocean Park Blvd., Ste. 322, Santa Monica, CA 90405
Phone: 310-450-4624 or 800-321-3738

  • info@erdtshare.org – www.erdtshare.org
  • CA: Kelly Jones, President: kjones@erdtshare.org

Listing Status: Full
J1 Visum


ETC: Education Travel & Culture, Inc. (OR: 658793-80: 1998)

1029 SW Washington Street, Portland, OR 97205
Phone: 503-222-9803 / Toll Free: 877-222-9803

  • info@edutrav.org – www.edutrav.org
  • Contact: Jocelyn Oswald: joswald@edutrav.org

Listing Status: Full
J-1 Visum

Glassdoor employee reviews

PSE: Private & Public School F-1 Exchange (OR: 398110-96: 2013) (Subsidiary of ETC)

1029 SW Washington St., Portland, OR 97205
Phone: (503) 222-9803 / Toll free: (877) 222-9803

  • www.pse-edu.org
  • info@edutrav.org / info@pse-edu.org
  • Contact: Kristina Neiman: kneiman@pse-edu.org

Listing Status: Provisional (2014/2015 – 2015/2016)
F-1 Visa


FACE: The Foundation for Academic Cultural Exchange (CA: C1527695: 1986)

855 Pennsylvania Dr, Reno, NV 89503-3311
Phone: 1-800-447-3105 / 775-624-9143

Listing Status: Provisional
J-1 Visa


F.L.A.G. (Foreign Links Around the Globe) / Beyond / CBYX / FLAGship (MI: 756179: 1989)

950 Trade Centre Way, Suite 303, Portage, MI 49002
Phone: 269-629-0532 or Toll Free: 800-942-3524

Listing Status: Full
J1 Visum/F1 Visum

  1. november 2010: Letter of Reprimand/Corrective Action Plan: Improve host family screening and selection; improve program administration; improve SEVIS recordkeeping

FIEA: Forte International Exchange Association /  A Star Education Institute (Missouri: 00328564: 1989)

7115 Leesburg Pike Suite 217, Falls Church, VA 22043
Phone:703-237-1688

  • forteexchange@forteusa.org / forte@forteexchange.com / info@forteintl.com
  • www.forteexchange.org
  • Contact: Ava Chen: avac@forteexchange.org
  • Diane Latvala, National Director: dianel@forteexchange.org

Listing Status: Full
J-1 Visa

  1. november 2010: Letter of Reprimand/Probation (One Year)/Corrective Action Plan: Improve program administration

FWF: Face The World Foundation (CA: C1830743: 1993)

755 Baywood Drive, Ste 380, Petaluma, Ca 94954-5511
Phone: 707-559-5800 / 800-216-3223

  • info@facetheworld.org – www.facetheworld.org
  • Mary M. Kass, President: mary@facetheworld.org
  • Karen Wagner: karen@facetheworld.org

Listing Status: Full
J1 Visum

  1. november 2010: Letter of Reprimand, Probation (One Year)/Corrective Action Plan/Program Reductions (40% and 10%): Inappropriate host family placement
  2. Lee v. Face the World Foundation et al
  3. 2010 Feb 2: Lawsuit Filed By Buhler Exchange Student Settled

GAPP: German American Partnership Program, Inc. / Goethe Institut e.V. (455151: 1977)

30 Irving Place, New York, NY 10003
Phone: +1 212 439870

  • info@newyork.goethe.org / gapp@newyork.goethe.org
  • www.goethe.de/newyorkhttp://www.goethe.de/
  • Dr. Christoph Bartmann, Executive director: director@newyork.goethe.org
  • Dr. Wenzel Bilger, Program Director North America: bilger@newyork.goethe.org

Listing Status:Full
J1 Visum


Gateway Education USA, Corp (CA: C3424186: 2011)

600 N. Rosemead Blvd, Suite 115, Pasadena, CA 91107

Listing Status: Provisional
F-1 Visa


Global Insights Inc. / Global Insights Student Exchange Program Inc. / GLSEP (CA: C2505879: 2003)

1094 Gordon Combs Road, NW, Marietta, GA 30064
Tollfree: 1-888-246-7863 / Direct: 770-514-7346

Listing Status: Full
J1 Visum


GLSN: Global Language Service Networks, Inc. / Global Interns & Exchange LLC (NY: 3994033: 2010)

9841 Airport Blvd, Suite 410, Los Angeles, CA 90045
Phone: 800-310-5386

  • admin@glsn.orgwww.glsn.org
  • Sunny Kang, Managing director: director@glsn.org

Listing Status: Full
F-1 Visum


Heritage Student Foundation Inc. (66857816: 2009)

318 Half Day Road Suite 211, Buffalo Grove, IL 60089
Tel : (847)737-1483 (U.S.)

Listing Status: Full
F1 Visum


IBG: Ivy Bridge Group, Inc (CT: 0967150: 2009)

3470 Wilshire Blvd, Suite 850, Los Angeles, CA 90010
Phone:    888-424-4613 (9:00am – 6:00pm EST)

Listing Status: Full
F-1 Visa


ICES: International Cultural Exchange Services Inc. (GA: K119211: 1991)

5556 Stage Rd., Concord, VA 24538
Phone: 800-832-7913 (USA) / 304-562-4793 /800-344-3566 (USA) / 434-522-8124

  •  www.icesusa.org
  • Contact: Bonnie Gunter: bgunter@icesusa.org
  • John J. Christ: lcrist@icesusa.org
  • John Ices: johnices@aol.com

Listing Status: Full
J1 Visum/F1 Visum

  1. november 2010:  Letter of Reprimand/Corrective Action Plan: Improve host family screening and selection; improve program administration

IEO: International Education Opportunities (PA: 4091162: 2012/PA: 4090818: 2012)

261 Old York Road, Suite 410, Jenkintown, PA 19046
Phone: (+1) 901 US Study   (901 877 8839)

  • info@ieopps.com – http://ieopps.com/
  • Peter Schorsch, managing director: peter@ieopps.com

Listing Status: Full
F1 Visum


iE-USA: International Experience USA (VA: 0577283-5: 2002)

209 South Water Street; Northfield, MN 55057
Phone: 507-301-3613 / Toll Free Number: 888-266-2921

  • info@international-experience.net / usa@international-experience.net
  • usa.international-experience.net/
  • Jodi Lundell, National Director: j.lundell@international-experience.net
  • Joseph Bissell, Regional Director: j.bissell@international-experience.net
  • Darlene Benjamin, AA: d.benjamin@international-experience.net

Listing Status: Full
J-1 Visa / F-1 Visa


IF: International Fellowship Inc. (NY: 167419: 1957)

Christian mission

P.O. Box 130, Westfield, NY 14787-0130
Phone: 716-326-7277 / Toll Free: 800-647-8839

Listing Status: Full
J1 Visum


JIES: Joy International Exchange Student, Inc. (PA: 4058913: 2011)

205 Hopkins Ct; North Wales, PA 19454

Listing Status: Full
F1 Visum


NCSD: Newcomb Central School District (SED Code: 151001040000)

PO Box 418, 5535 State Route 28N, Newcomb, NY 12852
Phone: 518-582-3341

Listing Status: Provisional (2012/2013 to 2015/2016)

F1 Visum


NICE: Next International Cultural Exchange Inc. (PA: 3871362: 2009)

290 Pennbrook Parkway, Lansdale, PA 18914
Phone:   |  Toll Free: 

Listing Status: Full
F1 Visum


NOD: Nacel Open Door (J1) / NISS: Nacel International (F1) (MN: 33723: 1986)

380 Jackson Street, Ste. 200, St. Paul, MN 55101
Phone: 651-686-0080 / 1-800-622-3553

  • www.nacelopendoor.org
  • info@nacelopendoor.org
  • Emily Lemon, J-1: elemon@nacelopendoor.org
  • Gina Robertson, F-1: grobertson@nacelschools.org

Listing Status: Full
J1 Visum/F1 Visum


NWACE: New World Academic and Cultural Exchange, Inc. (DE: 4955132: 2011)

496 Reginald Lane; Collegeville, PA 19426
Phone: 610-831-0998

  • http://www.nwace.org/
  • Brent Smallwood: BrentSmallwood@NWACE.org
  • Donna Marie Bates: DonnaMarieBates@NWACE.org

Listing Status: Full
F1 Visum


NWSE: NorthWest Student Exchange (WA: 601047305: 1987)

4530 Union Bay Place NE, Ste. 214, Seattle, WA 98105
Phone: 206-527-0917

  • www.nwse.com – nwse@nwse.com
  • Jeffrey Stuart Laband, ED: jlaband@nwse.com
  • Celine Waldmann, International Program: celine@nwse.com

Listing Status: Full
J1 Visum

  1. november 2010: Letter of Reprimand: Improve program administration

NWSPP: NW Services PEACE Program

1415 W. Franklin St., Boise, Idaho 83702 U.S.A.
Phone (208) 345-1021 / Toll Free (888) 976-3977

  • www.nw-services.com
  • Contact: Katie Thimann: katiet@nw-services.com
  • Kimberly Kaiser, Director/President: kimberlynws@aol.com

Listing Status: Full

J1 Visum

  1. mars 2012: Letter of Reprimand: Inappropriate use of advertising and marketing materials

OCEAN: Organization for Cultural Exchange Among Nations (AZ: 07123155: 1994)

2101 E. Broadway Rd., Suite. 4, Tempe, AZ 85282
Phone: 1-888-996-2326 / (480) 907-7285

  • http://ocean-intl.org/
  • info@ocean-intl.org / ocean@ocean-intl.org
  • Contact: Jose DePontes, President or Laura Stahl, Director

Listing Status: Full
J1 Visum


PaxLaurasian Exchange (PAX and TLI)

PAX – Program of Academic Exchange (NH: 149066: 1990)

14 Willet Avenue, Port Chester, NY 10573
Phone: 914-690-1340 / Toll Free: 800-555-6211

Listing Status: Full
J1 Visum

TLI: The Laurasian Institution (Subsidiary of PLE) (IL: 56206213: 1990)

12345 Lake City Way NE #151, Seattle, WA 98125
Phone: 206-367-2152

Listing Status: Full
J1 Visum

  • 1st februar 2012: Letter of Reprimand: Improve host family screening, selection, and placement

PLIES: Pacific Link International Educational Services (CA: C1979996: 1997)

1400 E. Angela Blvd. Unit 110, South Bend, Indiana 46617
Phone: (888) 966-0752 / Skype: pacificlinkus

  • pacificlink.us / info@pacificlink.us
  • Lisa Nagle, President: lnagle@pacificlink.us

Listing Status: Provisional
F1 Visum


RHI: Renascentia Hall International, LLC (DE: 4948384: 2011)

700 Barksdale Road, Suite 2, Newark, DE 19711
Phone: 302-273-2009 / Tollfree: 855-344-5515

Listing Status: Provisional
F-1 Visa


RI: Reflections International (WI: R032336: 1997)

32724 State Highway 130, P.O. Box 57, Lone Rock, WI  53556
Phone: 608-583-2412

Listing Status: Full
J1 Visum


Rotary

Rotary Districts 5950 and  5960 / North Star Youth Exchange

  • 11251 Red Fox Drive, Maple Grove, MN 55369
  • Phone: 763-553-1604

Rotary California-Nevada District 5190

  • P.O. Box 3510, Sparks, NV 89432

Rotary Central States Youth Exchange Program (Districts 5580, 6220, 6250, 6270, 6290, 6310, 6330, 6360, 6400, 6420, 6440, 6450, 6460, 6490, 6510, 6540, 6560, and 6580)

  • 467 East Red Pine Circle, Dousman, WI 53118-8831

Rotary Youth Exchange: Empire State (District 7150, 7120, 7170)

  • 10308 Ridgecrest Road; Utica, NY 13502
  • Phone: 315-732-3883

Rotary ESSEX (Eastern States Student Exchange)

  • 811 West 5th St., Unit 2, Lansdale, PA 19446
  • Phone: 610-277-7553

Rotary Youth Exchange Florida, Inc. (Districts 6890, 6930, 6940, 6950, 6960, 6970, 6980, and 6990)

  • 141 Elmwood Drive, Jacksonville, FL 32259
  • Phone: 904-673-5566

Rotary Ohio-Erie Youth Exchange Program (Districts 6380, 6600, 6630, 6670, 6690, 6740, 6780, 7530, 7670, and 7680)

  • 3157 Halstead Blvd., Jackson MI 49203-2553

Rotary YES/SCANEX (Districts 5000, 5240, 5260, 5280, 5300,  5320, 5330, 5340, 5420, and 5490)

  • 1525 N Crescent Heights Boulevard, Hollywood, CA 90046

South Central Rotary Youth Exchange (Districts 5500, 5510, 5520, 5610, 5630, 5650, 5670, 5690, 5710, 5730, 5750, 5770, 5790, 5810, 5830, 5840, 5870, 5890, 5910, 5930, 5970, 6000, 6040, 6060, 6080, 6110, 6150, 6190, 6200, 6760, 6800, 6820, 6840, 6860, and 6880)

  • A-TCBY-23A, 425 West Capitol, Little Rock, AR 72201

Western States Student Exchange, Inc.

Districts 5010, 5020, 5030, 5050, 5060, 5100, 5110, 5130, 5150, 5160, 5170, 5180, 5220, 5230, and 5400

Listing Status: Full
J1 Visum


States’ 4-H International Exchange Programs (WA: 602362806: 2004)

1601 Fifth Avenue, Suite 2230, Seattle, WA 98101
Phone: 206-462-2200 / Toll-free: 800-407-3314

  • exchange@states4h.org
  • Yoko Kawaguchi. President: Yoko@states4h.org

Listing Status: Full
J1 Visum


SAI: Student American International (CT: 0532406: 1996)

4325 Dick Pond Road, Unit A, Myrtle Beach, SC 29588
Phone: 843-650-2101 / Tollfree: 800-639-0564

Listing Status: Full
J-1 Visa


SMG: Student Management Group

ESI: Exchange Service International / Metro NY, Inc. (Subsidiary of SMG) (NJ: 0100193473: 1983)

112 Squire Hill Road, Montclair, NJ 07043
Phone: 973-655-0185 / 800-458-8336

Listing Status: Full
F-1 Visa

ISE: International Student Exchange, Inc. (SMG) (CA: C1111847: 1982)

119 Cooper Street, Babylon, NY 11702
Phone: 631-893-4550 / 800.766.4656

  • https://www.iseusa.org
  • Tiffany Galloway Adams, Regional Director: contact@iseusa.org
  • Wayne Brewer, CEO ISE / Founder SMG: wayne@iseusa.com

Listing Status: Full
J1 Visum


STS Student Travel Schools AB

STS Foundation (NJ: 0100284870: 1986)

100 Main Street, Suite 420, Concord, MA 01742
Phone: 1-800-522-4678

Listing Status: Full
J-1 Visa

STS Global Studies

100 Main Street, Suite 420, Concord, MA 01742
978-451-4554 / Emergencies: 978-451-4554

  • http://www.sts-select.com
  • Senior Program Manager, Carol Downes Coin: 978-451-4554 Ext. 101 / carol.downes@sts-education.com
  • Program Assistant, Ainura Ozturk: 978-451-4554 Ext 102 / ainura.ozturk@sts-education.com

Listing Status: Full
F-1 Visa


TLUSA: Terra Lingua USA (MO: N00057652: 1997)

3 Helen Road, Terryville, CT 06786
Phone: 203-525-1231

Listing Status: Full
J1 Visum

  • November 2010: Letter of Reprimand: Improve host family placement

TZ: The Zource (AZ: 01824521: 1986)

2028 South Highway 53, Suite 3-323, La Grange , KY 40031
Phone: 502-222-1969

Listing Status: Provisional (2012/2013 to 2015/2016)
F-1 Visa


USSE: United Studies, Inc. Student Exchange (OK: 2100480508: 1989)

P.O. Box 22863, Hot Springs, AR 71903​
Phone: 501.321.2000 / Toll Free: 800.869.8585

Listing Status: Provisional
J-1 Visa


University Track Preparation (NY: 4118031: 2011)

1115 Broadway 10th Floor, New York, NY 10010
Phone: 631-365-0103

Listing Status: Provisional
F-1 Visa


WISE: Foundation for Worldwide International Student Exchange (WA: 601261476: 1990)

WISE® Foundation
P.O. Box 1332, Dyersburg TN-38025, USA
Phone: 731-287-9948 / 800-264-0948

Listing Status: Full

J-1 Visum

Inter-Ed, Ltd. (NE: 0872644: 1986)

207 N Church Ave, Dyersburg, Tennessee 38024
Phone: 1.888.282.8269 (Office)


WL: World Link, Inc. (IA: 259881: 2001)

905 M Avenue, Kalona, IA 52247
Phone: 319-656-4590

Listing Status: Full
J1 Visum


YFU USA: Youth For Understanding USA (DE: 3487282: 2002)

641 S Street, NW., Suite 200, Washington, DC 20001
Phone:

Listing Status: Full
J-1 Visa


Full Listing: Full compliance with the CSIET Standards.

Provisional Listing reflects the Evaluation Committee’s determination that an organization, during its first or second evaluation, is judged to be in compliance with CSIET standards on the basis of its application materials.

Conditional Listing  is issued to organizations that the Accreditation Committee determines are substantially in compliance with the standards but which need improvement in one or more areas.

Council on Standards for International Educational Travel (CSIET)

  • Christopher B. Page, Executive Director: cpage@csiet.org

Closed Sanction cases 2006 to date

2010: US Department of State uttalelse om saken i Scranton, Pennsylvania

U.S. Department of State

The health, safety and welfare of the 30,000 high school students who participate each year in high school exchange programs, regulated by the Department of State, are among the Department’s highest priorities. These exchanges are important opportunities for young people from other countries to learn about and experience the United States, and we do our utmost to make them positive and rewarding experiences.

We are deeply troubled by any reports of incidents or allegations. They are investigated completely and transparently by the appropriate officials.

There are regulations in place to govern these programs. They can be found at http://exchanges.state.gov/jexchanges, under resources 22 CFR 62.25. The Department expects all private sector sponsors to adhere to these regulations, especially ensuring that participants are safely situated and host families are properly vetted.

When we learn about a specific situation, we immediately contact the sponsoring organization involved and ask them to investigate. We gather full information, and act swiftly and appropriately.

The sponsor must provide a report to the Department on the situation along with copies of documentation available to them on the participant’s program, including copies of the student application, the host family application form, local coordinator notes, and copies of the criminal background check. The Department then determines whether all regulatory requirements have been followed, including whether an incident was reported to local law enforcement.

  • The Department has completed its review of two recent cases – one in Scranton, PA and one in Fort Lewis, WA – and has determined that regulatory violations took place and is taking appropriate action to hold the private sector sponsoring organization accountable.

MEDIADEKNING SAKEN


POLITICAL PRESSURE


USA: DofS Regulations: Selection of Host Families

USA: DofS Regulations: Program sponsor eligibility

USA: DofS Regulations: Exchange Student Obligations and Rights

2009 May 26: Senator Casey til Secretary Clinton

Casey Urges Secretary Clinton to Investigate U.S. Youth Exchange Programs

Sends letter after reports of mistreatment of students in Pennsylvania

Tuesday, May 26, 2009

WASHINGTON, DC- U.S. Senator Bob Casey (D-PA), Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Subcommittee on Near Eastern and South and Central Asia Affairs, today sent a letter to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton urging her to investigate the Department of State’s oversight of U.S. youth exchange programs following reports of abuse and mistreatment of nine foreign exchange students in Pennsylvania.

“The situation these students found themselves in is simply unacceptable,” said Senator Casey.  “Education and Cultural Exchange Programs serve a valuable function.  They provide a powerful mechanism by which negative perceptions of America can be refuted and stronger ties between nations can be forged.  Therefore, I encourage the State Department to swiftly review its oversight procedures.  We must be able to guarantee the safety and welfare of visiting students.”

Nine foreign exchange students between the ages of 15 and 18 have been placed in the care of Lackawanna County’s Department of Human Services.  According to officials, some children were in need of medical attention due to malnutrition and dehydration while others were living in unsanitary conditions and in homes that were recently condemned.  Only after their teachers voiced concerns did their predicaments come to light.  Currently, foreign exchange students are eligible to attend approximately 430 high schools, colleges and universities throughout Pennsylvania.

Full text of the letter is below.

Dear Secretary Clinton,

I am writing you today out of concern for foreign exchange students who were placed in unsanitary homes in Pennsylvania and what it means for the welfare of our nation’s youth exchange programs.  It has recently come to my attention that nine foreign exchange students between the ages of 15 and 18 are now in the care of the Department of Human Services in Lackawanna County, Pennsylvania because they were placed with unsuitable host families.  According to Lackawanna County officials, some children were in need of medical attention due to malnutrition and dehydration while others were living in unsanitary conditions and in a home recently condemned.

The stories from these children are disturbing.  One story was of a 15 year-old girl from Nigeria who was living in a house surrounded by dog feces.   According to news reports, this exchange student was living with the Area Coordinator of the sponsoring organization, the same person responsible for ensuring that other host families were living up to their obligations. The investigative reporter visited the house and confirmed the exchange student’s allegations and found dirt and feces throughout the house.  The situation this student found herself in is simply unacceptable.

It is my understanding that both the Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs and the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), under the Department of Homeland Security, share responsibility for overseeing and implementing youth exchange programs.  Through an independent third party – the Council on Standards for International Education Travel – the State Department provides accreditation and audits for private and non-profit international educational travel and youth exchange programs (also referred to as sponsors) on an annual basis.  The USCIS Student and Exchange Visitor Program is responsible for tracking and monitoring foreign exchange students, schools and programs as long as they reside in America.  When allegations of abuse arise, according to the secondary school student guidelines issued by the State Department, it is the sponsor’s responsibility to report and notify the incidents directly to the Department of State.

I am concerned that the current oversight system is reactive not proactive and permits the ongoing abuse of foreign students without any effective intervention until the situation is dire.  The situation these students found themselves in only came to attention once teachers voiced their concerns.  Therefore, I request answers to the following questions:

•           The Council on Standards for International Education Travel (CSIET) is the independent nonprofit organization that reviews sponsors on an annual basis and provides a public list of those who have received accreditation.  How does the Department of State determine whether the audits performed by CSIET meet agency regulations?  How often, if at all, does the Department of State perform checks on the various sponsors approved by CSIET?

•           Sponsors are required to “exercise due diligence” to ensure that the host families are screened properly and are found satisfactory. The Department of State has previously stated that “a mere superficial compliance with this regulatory requirement will not be tolerated.”  If it is determined that an approved sponsor has failed to demonstrate due diligence in their host family selection process, what are the consequences for that sponsor?

•           How much contact, if any, does the State Department have with sponsors?  With CSIET? •           Are sponsors required to make home visits with students and their host families?  If so, how many times must a sponsor visit the home during a student’s stay?  •           If a sponsor loses its accreditation, is the sponsor allowed to reapply for accreditation the following year, if at all?  If so, what steps must a sponsor take to have its accreditation restored?

•           How many Department of State employees work on youth exchange programs? I am supportive of the cultural and educational exchange programs the Department of State promotes and funds.  Such exchange opportunities assist in dispelling negative images of the United States and helps convey our nation’s best attributes.  It is for these reasons that I am deeply concerned about allegations of abuse and mistreatment of foreign exchange students.  Stories like those emanating from Lackawanna County tarnish our reputation and undermine the mission of youth exchange programs.  I look forward to hearing your responses and working with you on guaranteeing the safety and welfare of foreign exchange students in the United States.

Sincerely,

Robert P. Casey, Jr.

Press Contact Larry Smar: (202) 228-6367


2009 May 26: Letter to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton from Senator Bob Casey
2009 May 31: The Times Tribune: Local neglect allegations open door to a world  where students are shuffled from home to home
2009 Jun 03: Casey Presses State Department on Mistreatment of Foreign Exchange Students
2009 Jun 26: Casey to OMB: Give State Department More Oversight in Protecting Foreign Exchange Students
2009 Jul 16: CNN: Exchange students live American nightmare
2009 Jul 16: VG Nett: Norske Anne opplevde utvekslingsmareritt i USA
2009 Jul 16: The Times Tribune: State Department punishes exchange student company as criminal probe widens
2009 Jul 19: The Times Tribune: Exchange student neglect happened a decade ago, host parent says
2009 Jul 21: Aftenposten: Jeg var to minutter fra å reise hjem
2009 Jul 23: The Times Tribune: Exchange students say complaints were ignored by program officials
2009 Jul 24: The Times Tribune: Foreign-exchange coordinator arrested/Scranton, Pennsylvania
2009 Oct 01: The Times Tribune: Casey calls for improved foreign exchange student rules
2009 Oct 16: US Department of State: Management Review of Youth Programs Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs: Report Number ISP-I-10-16, October 2009
2009 Oct 22: Casey: IG Report on Failures in Exchange Student Program a Key Step
2009 Oct 23: The Times Tribune: Changes recommended for foreign-exchange programs after Scranton scandal
2010: CSFES Press Release: U.S. Department of State is proposing to amend regulations for hosting exchange students

US Department of state uttalelse om Scranton saken

2009: USA: Oppfølgeren til Mitt amerikanske mareritt (Espen Hansen)

These stories keep popping up. Both in the Minneapolis Star Tribune we’ve read about it and we are reading about it today from the Associated Press. And the list is just incredible.  The number of children who are being placed as foreign exchange students in homes that have not been really vetted or the people are taking money from the children. Getting a bad impression of what is going on in the uh United States. I don’t like that. I don’t like that — I like people who visit, especially these young people, come away thinking yeah, this is the greatest country in the world. I’m a… I’m a patriot along those lines. Jim Gelbmann is the Deputy Secretary of State. A bill is awaiting approval here in Minnesota that would investigate and terminate registrations of organizations that don’t meet uh standards set by the State. Mr. Gelbmann, welcome to the program.
GELBMANN: Thank you very much, Don, it’s a great pleasure to be on your program and I am very interested in talking about the subject. It’s one near and dear to my heart as well.

SHELBY: Good. How did it become near and dear to your heart, Jim?

GELBMANN: I actually one night I received a phone call from a parent in the Norwood Young America area. Ah, somehow she got my cell phone number. And, well, didn’t have any resources at my hand, but she was very fran –frantic, she was not only a parent, she was a teacher at Norwood Young America, and she told me a story about a specific uh, boy, who was from – or young adult I should say, who was from Norway, and um, was having a horrible experience in a foreign exchange program, a specific foreign exchange program. The boy was initially placed in one home that… after I did some research and checking, the Norwood, — The Carver County Sheriff Department, one of the deputies there said that the home that this boy was placed in, in the family was in dire final trouble and the home was in disrepair and he did not feel it was a home that was suitable for placement of a foreign exchange student. Ah, the boy was taken out of that home and then taken to one of the coordinators houses uh for the specific program, and which is actually against US law; for a coordinator to actually host a foreign exchange student that she is a coordinator for. Uh, the more I investigated, the more concerned I became abut this specific organization. And I found out that this was not an isolated incident that this appeared to be a systemic problem with a number of school districts. Um, I received complaints from a number of Wright – Wright County school districts, Montecello, uh, Waverly, um… Buffalo I know has terminated their involvement with this specific program and I started to look to see what we could do about it. Um, and at that time when I look at Minnesota law, the law and I’ll read it to you said, «The Secretary of State may upon receipt of a complaint regarding an international student exchange organization, report the matter to the organization involved, the United States Information Agency or the Council on Standards for International Education Travel as the Secretary of State as considers appropriate.

SHELBY: — only — only requiring the Secretary of State to report, — but take no action —

GELBMANN: … and it’s not required to report, it just says may report.

SHELBY: May report, we have to be careful about this shall report and may report are two different things entirely. So it looks like somebody along the line in the state legislature had come up with an idea or whether it was the Secretary of State that promulgated a resolution that got into the state legislature that someone had some concerns, but it appears that without your help and without the help of the legislature now, that there is no affirmative action that could be taken by the Secretary of State. Uh, what do you hope to accomplish? What would the Secretary of State do if they run into situations like you have discovered not only this one case, but the many others that have come to your attention since then? And let me just for the record, is it CETUSA is this organization? —

GELBMANN: That is correct.

SHELBY: Ok, alright. And I just want to make sure that people understand what CETUSA is, if you hear from them for instance. It’s the Council for Educational Travel USA, the Council for Educational Travel USA, and currently these people have our eyebrows raised about what there are going on and whether there are home visits and whether these individuals who are taking on foreign exchange students are actually fit to do so. What would your legislation produce?

GELBMANN: Well, Don, actually, I have some very good news. We did bring the legislation, that was Mark Ritchie, who brought the legislation after my initial investigations finding that this issue was more systemic than it was an isolated incident. We brought it to the legislature and it was very late in the legislative session, it was passed all committee deadlines and the like, but I talked to Representative Phyllis Kahn and told her about the problem. I showed her a letter that I received from a foreign exchange student, a different foreign exchange student who actually was experiencing sexual abuse by her uh family that she was initially placed with who at least in her opinion it was sex abuse. And Phyllis Kahn was willing to place it in what what was called a State Government Omnibus Bill. Language that would, first of all have had to first of all, o change the name of the report the United States Information Agency no longer exists –

SHELBY: Right, the USIA is gone.

GELBMANN: That is correct. It is the — the responsibilities have been transferred to the Office of Exchange Coordination and Designation in the United States Department of State, so we had to change that reference. But then the most important change we received is we received the language that says that the Secretary may also investigate complaints received under this section to determine if the complaint is limited to one high school or if there are systematic problems with placements made by a particular organization. The Secretary of State may terminate and organization’s registration —

SHELBY: There you go –

GELBMANN: — if the Secretary determines the organization has failed to remain in compliance with local, state and federal statutes, rules and regulations.

SHELBY: How soon will you take advantage of this once it is completely signed, sealed and delivered — to take action?

GELBMANN: Well, it became effective July 1.

SHELBY: Signed by the Governor?

GELBMANN: Signed by the Governor.

SHELBY: Alright, good, so, now how many agents do you have to hire to try to get all of this done?

GELBMANN: Well, as you know, we are in a budget crises.

SHELBY: I do know that —

GELBMANN: Unfortunately, we weren’t given any additional funds to take this out and carry this legislation out. But I assured the legislature in front of the committee, I said, even if I have to work over time I don’t want people leaving Minnesota going back to their home country with a negative impression of our state —

SHELBY: You and I agree –

GELBMANN: — Or, worse yet, horrible experience you know within our state I want them to go back and talk about the wonderful experience they had. I wrote back to this one foreign exchange student that wrote this letter to me and I… you know, I said to her I said this should have been the best year of your life, the best year of your educational life I was would hope would have been in Minnesota would have been your high school senior year, and I really regret it and I was very apologetic that it was not the best year of her life. It was uh, traumatic year for her. And I didn’t want that to happen again. And, so, um, again, I’m working right now with CETUSA. Um, one part of the problem, if we totally revoke their license, there’s a lot of foreign exchange students that have made plans through CETUSA to come to Minnesota um, I just want to make sure…I use this legislation more as a club than actually revoking registrations.

SHELBY: Understood. You’re a good man, Jim Gelbmann. Jim Gelbmann is Deputy Secretary of State and he has worked tirelessly to try to get the state to change its regulations, policies and laws regarding the foreign exchange student program in the state of Minnesota. And there has been a company CETUSA, C-E-T-U-S-A and you may see that from time to time you might even get some queries from the Council for Educational Travel USA. Back in the day when I was in high school, there was nothing more fabulous than foreign exchange students coming in an bring their knowledge of their own country and telling us about that and then learning about America and helping us teach. And then I’ve run into some of them in later years and they would say it was the greatest experience I’ve ever had in my life. Here in Minnesota, we are the host to lots of them because we’re a very open state and we want to be a part of that process but it doesn’t always turn out well because the companies that are looking for these families apparently, apparently, are not doing a very good job of screening them, we’ve got lists, and lists and lists if you’ve been listening to the program, we’re talking about sex abuse, we talking pornography, we talking about convicts, we’re talking about taking of money from these individuals, that is not the kind of impression that I as an American want to leave on a young person, or any person whatsoever who comes to our country to visit and then goes back home and says they never want to go back to that place again; they’re terrible, terrible people Jim Gelbmann and I agree on that sort of soft element of that legislation. The hard element of course is making sure that these companies don’t have a right to operate if they’re not doing it right in this state of Minnesota. The good news is that Jim has told us, it has been signed by the Governor which is now a matter of law in the state of Minnesota. As you looked around, you said you began investigating one case, but then you soon realized there were a lot more cases out there. Can you talk about a few of those?

GELBAMANN: Sure, Don. Probably the most common problem that happened with the CETUSA organization in multiple high schools throughout the state is that they would bring more students over to Minnesota than they had families to place them in. And, again, that is against the federal regulations, as well. Federal law requires the organization to have us signed contract with a host family one month before the student arrives in the States. And what would regularly happen is CETUSA would have three or four host families signed up for a specific school and five or six students would be bought over, and then CETUSA would frantically search for host families for the students. In one case that was documented actually WCCO TV a number of years ago, I think back in 2006 um, one CETUSA organization uh, uh, coordinator had six students student living in her basement, had six foreign exchange students living in her basement because she couldn’t find host families for them —

SHELBY: And that is violation of law –

GELBMANN: And that is a violation of law right then and there.

SHELBY: Okay now, let me ask you, do the host families, are they paid by CETUSA?

GELBMANN: No, they are not. They are volunteer families that want to you know, bring in a student give a student a good opportunity to see what America is like and also for the host families the to learn about the culture that the, of the country that the student comes from.

SHELBY: I am sometimes given to overstate hyperbally, but this seems to be that that all the money is ending up in CETUSA’s hands, their dumping these kids without uh, doing the due diligence of finding good families that are willing to take them. And I’m willing to call this human trafficking. Some people have called it, as we just talked to Danielle Grijalva, Grijalva, the director and founder of the Committee for Safety of Foreign Exchange Students, who said it’s, one senator called it a Puppy Mill. And, uh, is there any action can be taken other than regulatory uh, against these companies when they are found to have failed in their process, is this misfeasants, malfeasants or is it nonfeasants?

GELBMANN: Uh, again, I’m not an attorney so I wouldn’t know which category it falls into, but what I do know is that Minnesota now has the authority that if they violate state, federal or local law, and there’s very explicit federal laws governing how foreign exchange programs work, if they violate those laws, we have the authority to revoke their registration. And in Minnesota, if uh, a foreign exchange program is not registered with

the Secretary of State’s office, the Department of Education will not pay the per student aide uh, formula to that school district. So, basically, it will end their involvement with Minnesota school districts in Minnesota because Minnesota school districts again will need that additional aide when they accept these students from around the world.

SHELBY: I think I know my audience well enough to say that I speak for them in this particular case, to say, go ’em Jim Gelbmann. Don’t let ’em get away with this and protect our reputation and protect the children. And uh, thank you for fighting for this legislation, and I appreciate you being on the program with us today, Jim.

GELBMANN: Well, thank you, Don. And I assure you that uh this issue is very close and near and dear to my heart —

SHELBY: — I know it is.

GELBMANN: — and I’m going to take uh the responsibility that the legislature has given us very seriously.

SHELBY: I appreciate it, Jim, thank you very much for being with us.    GELBMANN: Thank you, Don.

SHELBY: Okay, bye bye, Jim Gelbmann, Deputy to the Secretary of State.

DISCLOSURE OF MATERIAL CONNECTION: http://podcast.830wcco.com/wcco/1853421.mp3