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CSFES Helps Foreign Students in the US
Asian students in the US

"Can you please help me?" Asks Foreign Exchange Students from South Korea and China.

"Because the smell of, you know, the...animals go to bathroom inside the house all over, that's why I had to put water on wash cloth and keep over my nose and mouth when I walked around the house. It was the only way I could breath. Can you please help?" J.R. age 16 - South Korea.

"We weren't allowed to, that's why. My host father would set a timer when I would, for example, take shower. He would walk in bathroom and pound real hard on door. It meant time for me to stop water when he did that. One time he reached in with no knock on door and turned off water himself. It scared me! Only time I'm happy is when I'm at my friend's house, you know? It's the only time I see clean dishes, too. Can you please help? " A.B. age 15 - South Korea.

"I don't know why my agency says I'm spoiled. They think because I live in big apartment in China that I'm, how do you say, a snobby person. Not true, I just want my host father to stay out of my bedroom at night. I want new host family and I need your help." A.Z. age 16 - China.

"I'm so confused. My host mom wouldn't let me make phone call and she locked door to computer room. Yesterday, when my mom called, she told my mom I was at library. I wasn't...I was there, but she made me keep quiet. I was craving to hear my mother's voice. It was my punishment she told me. Because I told my school counselor that the reason I fall asleep in school is because I'm so tired. Every day since I've been in America I change diapers, watch the children, clean house and do laundry all the time. Only time to study is at night and that's why I fall asleep in class. I need your help." J.J. age 17 - South Korea.

Will these be the words of your child?

The Committee for Safety of Foreign Exchange Students (CSFES) cannot control the fact that the student exchange agency, United Students Association (USA) anticipates the arrival of approximately 80 exchange students within weeks. This agency was recently asked by the US Department of State to surrender its Department of State program designation.

The letter from the Department of State to United Students Association can be read by visiting:

NPR : Few Rules Protect Young Foreign Students in U.S.;

Now United Students Association is bringing students to America using F1 visas opposed to J1 visas.

CSFES urges parents to educate themselves regarding the student exchange agency they've selected to send their child abroad.

Should you need need any assistance while your son or daughter is in the United States, we are here for you and your family.

CSFES urges anyone who suspects abuse or neglect of an exchange student to please contact their local law enforcement authorities. CSFES remains here for you.

Sincerely yours,

Danielle Grijalva, Director
Committee for Safety of Foreign Exchange Students
P.O. Box 6496 / Oceanside, CA 92052 / 760-414-1314






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