Bart Mendoza 5 a.m., Dec. 8
State Department Suspends San Diego Exchange-Student Sponsor From Federal Program
More than 450 foreign-exchange students waiting for their tickets to America may be left on the lurch after the State Department suspended a San Diego-based sponsor from the program.
A department official told the Associated Press on Thursday that Pacific Intercultural Exchange of San Diego violated "exchange program regulations." No additional information was provided as the official wished to stay anonymous.
The non-profit has been placing exchange students with U.S. host families since 1975. According to their website, Pacific Intercultural Exchange has facilitated the exchange of more than 25,000 students.
The company has been in the news, and court, in recent years. In 2010, a lawsuit was filed against the sponsor company after a student from Germany accused a host father in Portland of molestation. According to news sources, the father later plead guilty to four counts of sexual abuse. The lawsuit claims the company did not do a thorough background check. If they had, they would have found that the host-father had a criminal record. However, there is no information linking the recent suspension to the lawsuit.
We are waiting for a response from Pacific Intercultural Exchange.