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.

3 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

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