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Monday, August 11, 2014

2014 Report: U.S. Marshal’s Service (USMS) National Sex Offender Targeting Center (NSOTC)

 
A reader of this blog sent me a link to a FOIA request/report today that has some interesting tid-bits so I decided to share it here.  

It comes from a website (http://www.governmentattic.org/) that updates every Monday morning that posts a lot of FOIA requests. He hasn’t seen any “Sex Offender” documents so when he saw this one he decided to share it.


I have read through it and most of it is basically a promotion/commercial for the Adam Walsh Act (AWA)/SORNA, the SMART Office and the U.S. Marshal’s Service (USMS) National Sex Offender Targeting Center (NSOTC), listing all of their programs, initiatives, training, funding, arrests, prosecutions and over all accomplishments against unregistered and traveling Sex Offenders. 

But I did take away a few new pieces of information: 

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The United States Marshals Service (USMS) is the lead federal law enforcement agency responsible for investigating sex offender registration violations and related offenses under AWA, including violations ofl8 U.S.C. § 2250. 

       The USMS has three distinct missions pursuant to the Adam Walsh Act:
1.      Assisting state, local, tribal, and territorial authorities in the location and apprehension of non-compliant sex offenders;
2.     Investigating violations of 18 U.S.C. § 2250 and related offenses; and
3.     Assisting in the identification and location of sex offenders relocated as a result of a major disaster. 

To assist with the above missions under AWA, USMS established the National Sex Offender Targeting Center (NSOTC) in September 2009
 

The NSOTC serves as an interagency intelligence and operations center supporting all levels of law enforcement with the identification, investigation, location, apprehension, and prosecution of noncompliant offenders.  

The Targeting Center is comprised of three units: Operations, Intelligence, and Behavioral Analysis.
1.      The Operations Unit supports regional and local sex offender apprehension initiatives, provides resources for the investigation and prosecution of sex offender registration violations, coordinates the Marshals Service's response to major incidents involving sex offenders, and coordinates international law enforcement efforts regarding sex offenders.
2.     The Intelligence Unit includes members of the Marshals Service's Criminal Intelligence Branch and the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children's (NCMEC) Sex Offender Tracking Team. Both groups work together to generate tactical and strategic intelligence support for sex offender investigations.
3.     USMS' Behavioral Analysis Unit (BAU) provides investigative and operational support to Marshals Service investigators, particularly in identifying and apprehending non-compliant sex offenders. The BAU also assists outside law enforcement with cold case reviews, including solved or unsolved homicides where the murder appears to be sexually motivated.

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The NSOTC is the entity by which the USMS coordinates international issues that are specific to fugitive sex offenders and sex offender registration laws and works closely with INTERPOL and DSS to track sex offenders traveling abroad.  

In February 2011, an agreement was created between the NSOTC, DSS and INTERPOL that established a notification system of U.S. sex offender travel.  

As a result, INTERPOL sends a copy of the country notification to the DSS crime liaison office, which is forwarded to the appropriate RSO in the receiving country. The USMS and other agencies, including the FBI, DSS, and Immigrations and Customs Enforcement's (ICE) "Angel Watch" program are copied on the notifications in order to maintain communication between the agencies. 

If there is a reply back to INTERPOL from a country asking for investigative information, the request is sent to the USMS Senior Inspector at INTERPOL, who obtains the information for the foreign National Central Bureau. This is an important step forward in expanding our participation around the world to meet the growing challenges of tracking non-compliant sex offenders who travel internationally. In August 2012, the USMS Senior Inspector at INTERPOL began receiving notifications from ICE of the "Angel Watch" sex offenders who were identified at Customs and Border Protection as traveling internationally. These notifications are also sent to the USMS intelligence analyst sitting at the Customs and Border Protection National Targeting Center so that a standard Travel Notification Form can be completed and sent to INTERPOL. This new process closes a loophole and allows the USMS to send INTERPOL notices to both the NCBs and RSOs as per our agreement.  

Additionally, the NSOTC worked with INTERPOL and the SMART Office to develop a "Notification of international Travel" form for officials to fill out and forward to the NSOTC when a registered sex offender intends to leave the country. 

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In addition to its work through the National Sex Offender Targeting Center, the USMS assists in the identification and location of sex offenders relocated as a result of a major disaster [42 U.S.C. 16943] 

In the face of major disasters, the Marshals Service has sought to limit opportunities for sex offenders to abscond from justice. 

The USMS has coordinated efforts with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to develop a plan to identify and locate sex offenders displaced as a result of a major disaster. Both agencies have signed a memorandum of understanding that will give the USMS access to FEMA's relocation database, which is used when moving large groups of people during emergency situations. 

When other major storms have occurred, the Marshals Service deployed a number of Deputy U.S. Marshals to the affected regions to reestablish a law enforcement presence and ensure displaced sex offenders comply with their obligation to register at any new address. 

As for the rest of the document, nothing new or earth shattering just the U.S. Government “patting themselves on their own back” for tracking and monitoring “Sex Offenders” and protecting the children. 

Mary