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Local Attorney Fights for Foreign Students

Oceanside expert says there are years of abuse against foreign students



    Out of her home in Oceanside, Danielle Grijalva advocates for the safety of foreign exchange students.

    “We have ten year’s worth of documentation where thousands of children have been abused, neglected, molested forced to keep quiet about it,” she said.

    German exchange student Christopher Herbon says he was molested - by a coordinator in a placement agency in 2005. There were other victims and Doyle Meyer was arrested and pleaded guilty to first degree sexual assault.         

    But San Diego attorney Irwin Zalkin says the placement agency had been notified before 2005 about the sexual abuse.  Another exchange student had sent an e-mail outlining a litany of misconduct by Meyer - allegations, for example,  that he set up a covert camera to tape exchange students having sex, and then watched it with other students.

    Local Attorney Fights for Foreign Students

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    Danielle Grijalva, an advocate for safety of foreign exchange students, talks to NBC 7 reporter Rory Devine about neglected and abused students.
    (Published Wednesday, March 14, 2012)

    Zalkin filed suit against the placement agency on behalf of Chris Hebron and three other students who say they were molested by Meyer.

    As a result of the case which was settled, he says there are now more regulations of a million-dollar industry

    “You can have regulations but somebody's going to have to abide by those regulations," he said. 
    "And the question is: Are these agencies going to abide by those regulations?”

    For more on this story, watch the Rock Center investigation that airs Wednesday at 10 p.m.