You might have to go to coinspot.com.au which is an Australian exchange. It's very small but they take US customers.
You would have to do a foreign bank exchange to get your money into coinspot though and those banking fees can be expensive.
You need a legit door- once you have one legit doorway, you can open unverified accounts with multiple exchanges and trade to your hearts content. But it's establishing the one legitimate doorway that takes time.
Just reference me though when signing on at coinspot as my email is firstname.lastname@example.org