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    Posted March 17, 2014 by
    St. Louis Park, Minnesota
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    Why study abroad? Ask Michelle Obama

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    Study Abroad - No Laws Protect You

    I am the mother of Tyler Hill who died full of his future on a People to People program in Japan. His death was 100% preventable.
    I am also the founder of ClearCause - Protect Our Students Abroad, no laws exist, no public reporting on safety records, no sanctions against poor providers.

    Our best and brightest, our future, deserve more.
    Our first lady is the world's role model of a mother. She gets to look into the eyes, hear the voice and kiss the face of her daughters. For hundreds upon hundreds of us - we no longer have this privilege because the opportunity of a lifetime ended the life of our sons and daughters.

    Some of the leading programs have told the parents of deceased children to Stop Calling when they wanted answers, they refuse to answer questions. Students have had waivers shoved under their faces when bad things happen. As I look into the beautiful faces of the young Americans on Why Study Abroad, Ask Michelle Obama, I have some big questions:

    Where is the federal oversight and duty of care?
    Where is the third party investigations and student bill of rights?
    Where is mandated public reporting on the safety records of programs escorted our young ones into foreign countries?
    Where are the mandated requirements to qualify?
    Where are the sanctions?

    Our children deserve every bit as much protection as United States diplomats in foreign countries, after all, these schools, colleges and universities are operating on our tax dollars.

    Give them the world - keep them safe!

    PROTECT OUR STUDENTS ABROAD Our cause is clear!
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