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Depart Smart inspires, develops and transforms world travelers into safety heroes with travel safety education so they make informed decisions abroad to avoid risks, get help, return safely and report to protect others

Protect Our Students Abroad

"Safety and security don't just happen, they are the result of collective consensus and public investment. We owe our children, the most vulnerable citizens in our society, a life free of violence and fear."  — Nelson Mandela, Former President of South Africa. For parents, the safety and well-being of their children is of the utmost [...]

By | 2017-02-17T13:08:52+00:00 September 23rd, 2015|News|0 Comments

Welcome Amalia Moreno-Damgaard

Award winning, successful entrepreneur, and founder of Women Entrepreneurs of Minnesota (WeMN), Amalia Moreno-Damgaard joins ClearCause Board of Directors during July, 2015. Meet Amalia on her website: Amalia brings business finance savvy and business strategy along with a passion to serve our small world her time and talent and delicious recipes. “I met Sheryl [...]

By | 2017-02-17T13:08:52+00:00 September 22nd, 2015|News|0 Comments


UPDATE: Crowdfunding efforts raised nearly $20,000 for Luke's medical expenses! Thank you to all who donated! Luke is out of the hospital and still working towards a full recovery. ClearCause is Raising Money to Support  Luke Adams, a St. Thomas University Senior Critically Injured Studying Abroad in Japan Sheryl Hill, founder of ClearCause says, “Luke [...]

By | 2015-12-10T18:03:37+00:00 May 12th, 2015|News|0 Comments

Study Abroad in Rome is Dangerous

Andrew Mogni became a memory on Easter Sunday, months after he was critically injured during his study abroad program at John Cabot, an ‘American’ University in Rome, Italy. Chicago Tribune’s story says, “Andrew Mogni was an ambitious student at the University of Iowa studying finance and business analytics.” Andrew is remembered as a vibrant fraternity brother, [...]

By | 2017-02-17T13:08:52+00:00 April 20th, 2015|News|1 Comment

Note from Representative Selcer

Dear Neighbors, I am authoring a bill titled “Tyler Hill’s Sunshine Bill.” This bill is named after Tyler Hill, a teenager from Mound who tragically died in Japan on a study abroad program in 2007. There is currently no federal or state oversight or regulation of study abroad programs for high school students. This bill [...]

By | 2017-02-17T13:08:52+00:00 March 11th, 2015|News|0 Comments

Introducing Tyler Hill’s Sunshine Bill

The first K-12 student abroad transparency law is being introduced in Minnesota by Representative Yvonne Selcer (MN-D) who co-authored a similar bill for higher education with Senator Terri Bonoff (MN-S), Senate File 1975. ClearCause is on a mission to protect our students abroad. The Tyler Hill Sunshine Bill for K-12 is the first of its [...]

By | 2017-02-17T13:08:52+00:00 February 27th, 2015|News|0 Comments

Internships Abroad– Are students being exploited?

“Let’s be honest, telling family and friends you are going on an internship is far better than saying you are going just to see the world.” Writer Alexandra Villarreal quotes an intern in an article she authored for The New York Times “Stranger in a Strange Land: An Internship Gone Bad.” For Alexandra, the end [...]

By | 2017-02-17T13:08:52+00:00 February 15th, 2015|Featured|0 Comments

Welcome Safety Advisor Tom Pasquarello

Welcome ClearCause Foundation’s new safety advisor, Thomas Pasquarello. Mr. Pasquarello has over 35 years experience in law enforcement, diplomatic relations and global security. Tom served as a Special Agent for 29 years with the US Department of Justice and was assigned to both the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI). [...]

By | 2017-02-17T13:08:53+00:00 November 19th, 2014|News|0 Comments

Remembering Thomas Plotkin

University of Iowa National Outdoor Leadership School September 22, 2011 Uttarakhand, India Thomas smiled easily, worked hard, listened well, and hugged often. Growing up, Tom played club hockey for the La Jolla Jaguars (MVP), then varsity for Hopkins High School (Minnesota), and club for University of Iowa. Tom declared himself an economics major at the [...]

By | 2017-02-17T13:08:53+00:00 September 24th, 2014|Memorial, News|0 Comments

ClearCause Goes to Washington

ClearCause Founder -Sheryl Hill and Mom on a Mission - Ros Thackurdeen join forces with Congressman Patrick Maloney (NY-D) to protect college students abroad. The investigative team at NBC New York - Channel 4, Jonathan Vigliotti and Ann Givens, recently took notice of ClearCause and its work to protect students abroad. The reporters interviewed ClearCause Founder [...]

By | 2017-02-17T13:08:53+00:00 September 22nd, 2014|News|0 Comments