AWARENESS 2017-02-17T13:07:42+00:00


Tourism consumer protection is sorely missing from the travel industry.

Most people do not understand the problem we aim to solve. There is no critical incident report to inform you or the ones you love of dangers before you travel abroad. There are no consumer warnings before your buy a plane ticket or fly overseas. 

We are often told the simple truth is overwhelming as audiences are stupefied to learn tourists (and students studying abroad) are often victimized.

We are dedicated to making sure everyone is aware of these simple truths.  We create awareness through earned and strategically placed media.  


Award winning Media Relations, Inc. extends publicity to help Depart Smart reach more than 50,000,000 major news impressions.  As seen on ABC, CBS, NBC, FOX, the Saturday Evening Post, the Washington Post, USA Today, the Huffington Post, Inside Higher Education, and more.  

Depart Smart earns media attention as the trusted resource for travel and tourism safety. You can become a strategic sponsor and receive media mentions: “Depart Smart travel safety education brought to you by, “your brand name here.”

Blog Articles, Social Media and e-News

Freelance writers contribute 2-4 articles per week on compelling industry trends, policy, safety and security published on the Depart Smart blog. An electronic newsletter is published quarterly for Depart Smart supporters. Sponsor our website with your logo and a backlink.

Join thousands of supporters on Twitter, Facebook & LinkedIn for captivating posts five days a week. Support us by sponsoring ads on social media.

Public Service Announcements

A2f Pictures created compelling Emmy & Telly award winning Public Service Announcements.

Provid is now developing compelling video for our online courses. Help us by sponsoring a public service announcement for $5,000.

OOH for Good places public service billboards along freeways and inside airports.  Help us by sponsoring a billboard for $250.

Events, Presentations & Workshops

Executive Director, Sheryl Hill, and Depart Smart Advisors speak at many events on tourism safety.  We provide workshops and group orientations for a fee.  To request a workshop, speaker or sponsor our fundraising and awareness events, please contact us.  Help us by sponsoring our work at tourism conventions and we’ll shout out your brand next to our life-saving work.

Incomplete Illness Injury Student Abroad Death Report (IIISAD)

IIISAD is a grassroots compilation of student illnesses, injuries, and deaths during study abroad programs.  The first reports were submitted to policy makers and departments of the United States. These reports led to three state study abroad transparency reporting laws in Minnesota and Virginia.


Minnesota passed higher education and K-12 student abroad transparency laws in honor of Thomas Plotkin and Tyler Hill. Virginia passed a companion law in honor of Damion Wilkins. A federal bill is introduced in honor of Ravi Thackurdeen. The Departments of Justice and Education submitted an amicus brief to apply Title IX to study abroad. Even so, those laws must be enforced. That takes advocacy and funding to achieve.
Your financial support is the highest affirmation of our life-saving work. Please give.