382. Genesis by the Sea

Genesis by the Sea was run by Michael Palmer, who also owned Victory Christian Academy. The authorities in Mexico closed the operation down after an investigation. At the same time a case was conducted in California after a girl died during construction work. The management relocated to Florida and Missouri until they finally shut down their business after former student stepped forward and told how the conditions were.

At the property in Mexico another program is run called Pacific Life Academy or Pacific Life School. Investigation is conducted by human rights organization whether the conditions is at bad at they were back then.

It could not have been fun to be there as a teenager.


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About Rotsne

Danish immigrant, but very integrated. After having worked for another research center, I have recently started working for International Culture Exchange where I serve the youth and their families wanting to become an exchange student.

22 responses to “382. Genesis by the Sea”

  1. Justin D. says :

    I have been trying to find more about the history of the property of a boarding school in Mexico I went to last year called Pacific Life Program. Is this the property being written about here or is it another located in Baja? The place I went to was located in Rosarito, and I’ve heard many rumors of what the place was before. Conditions were abusive while I was there, practices of isolation and other prison-like tactics were used daily, hope this place gets shut down along with all these other “therapeutic boarding schools”

    • Rotsne says :

      It is the same property. The person who ran it, is no longer the same because after the trial in California, he moved to Florida. Some of the employees could be the same because they do not care who they work for. It could be that they still work as they used to back then because running what in reality is a youth prison is the same regardless of who owns it.

      I am sorry that you had to experience that.

      Could I ask you to make an anonymous testimony somewhere? We work together with people who runs testimonal blogs on a lot of websites. These programs depends of marketing. Any negative testimony hurt their business and businesses are what they are. They would not be running such an operation if there were no money to earn. They do not care about the teenagers. They care about the profit.

      • Justin D. says :

        Wow thanks so much for giving me insight on this place, sorry for getting back to you months later, I almost gave up after I couldn’t find info on this place, the owners are very good at at covering their tracks. I have sent a notice to the group WWASP survivors detailing the ranges of abuse. I am also sending a abuse report to the US Embassy counsel, I am making sure to note every detail of abuse that I endured firsthand and the abuse I saw for 8 months. Thank you so much for this info, I am now more motivated than ever to finally put an end to this dirty business. I am in contact with most of the guys I knew in the program and I’m going to encourage them to do the same. Justice will be served! Yet again, thank you for being part of this cause

  2. SARAH E GRIMM says :

    I am a survivor of genesis by the sea. If you have any questions feel free to ask. I can PROMISE u this though it was the worst place I had ever been too and had nightmares for yrs after I left there….

  3. Nicole says :

    I went to that school in Mexico and it was hard but no one was hurt. It’s just angry girls retaliating. That simple! I have tons of pics and videos and proof. They helped girls! They helped me…..no story other than that.

  4. Gia says :

    I was a student at Genesis by the sea. Many of the things written about in this segment are true and as I read them took me back to when I was 12 being dropped off in Mexico, everything stripped from me, and having the Bible beaten into you at chapel 12 times a day. You couldn’t talk about your life outside that place, it was like you didn’t exist until you got there. It got shut down right after I left.

    • Laura McBride says :

      I was there when those two girls ran away I actually helped them my name is Laura mcbride they named the fence after me laura barb wire I would love to hear from you

    • Jessica Blackwell says :

      Hey Gia I remember you. I was there at the same time as you.

  5. Laura McBride says :

    I went to Genesis by the sea in 2000 they actually named electric fence after me

  6. Amber qualls says :

    Girls were not intentionally hurt, correct… however… if the staff didn’t like you.. (poor Tina Schlander) you would be writing lines the rest of your life and be sitting as a buddy! Lol Nicole lot are you still in the same place? I would love to get everyone together

  7. Jessica Blackwell says :

    I was at Genesis by the sea. It was the most traumatizing experience of my life. I still even all these years later have nightmares of this place. I remember the day the Mexican authorities came in and closed the place down. We were all in the dining room eating when the doorbell rang, and I remember the staff and the shock and panic on their faces when the the authorities came in the gate and down the driveway and separated us from those evil people. After hours of interviewing all of us girls there and having a medical team check some of us out the buses came and that part of the the nightmare was over. But dealing with the trauma and mental and emotion scars for this place, the flashbacks, nightmares and everything and trying to heal from what this place and these people did was not even close to over. Over the years it has become easier to deal with but that is something all of us who survived that place will have to deal with the rest of our lives. To all my sisters those with us and those who aren’t I love you all.

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