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Tuesday, July 28, 2015

eAdvocate’s Action Alert: New Bill in Washington D.C. - S1867 Sponsored by U.S. Senator Richard Shelby of Alabama - "A bill to protect children from exploitation by providing advance notice of intended travel by registered sex offenders outside the United States to the government of the country of destination, requesting foreign governments to notify the United States when a known sex offender is seeking to enter the United States, and for other purposes."


eAdvocate has posted an Action Alert on his Congress, Courts and Legislation site http://congress-courts-legislation.blogspot.com/2015/07/action-alert-new-bill-in-congress.html that I wanted to share with readers here. Until the text of S1867 is posted online we will not know the full extent of this bills reach but I will be keeping an eye on it for a future Action Item. It has to do with Registered Sex Offenders traveling internationally and Angel Watch both topics that I’ve posted about in the past.

Until we can have more information, here is eAdvocate’s Alert. 

Mary
 

ACTION ALERT: A New Bill in Congress Affecting Sex Offenders
 
7-28-15 Washington DC: 

Sponsor: Sen Shelby, Richard C. [AL] introduced on 7/27/2015 a new bill S-1867 titled "A bill to protect children from exploitation by providing advance notice of intended travel by registered sex offenders outside the United States to the government of the country of destination, requesting foreign governments to notify the United States when a known sex offender is seeking to enter the United States, and for other purposes."

This is a bill similar, or the same as, "International Megan's Law," BUT because the text of the bill hasn't been posted, we do not yet know what its reach is. However, the title and Press Release gives us some idea of its nature. Sen Shelby's Press Release follows:
 

WASHINGTON, DC – Monday, July 27, 2015 – U.S. Senator Richard Shelby (R-Ala.) today introduced S.1867, legislation to protect children from exploitation by establishing an international notification system to provide advanced notice of travel by registered sex offenders to destination countries. This legislation is a companion to H.R. 515, which was introduced by U.S. Congressman Chris Smith (R-NJ).

“International Megan’s Law strengthens our nation’s current sex offender targeting system to ensure that we are doing all we can to protect children around the globe from exploitation,” said Senator Shelby. “Crimes against children are a plague on our society, and we must continue our work together to eradicate them. Better coordination and communication between all levels of law enforcement at home and abroad is an essential element to this effort. This legislation streamlines domestic and international efforts and establishes new procedures to help us achieve one goal: to prevent heinous crimes against children.”

International Megan’s Law:
 

Requires convicted child sex predators to have a unique passport identifier to ensure that they can be identified at the border as they travel internationally in the event that a notification was not sent. 

Establishes the “Angel Watch Center” at the Department of Homeland Security to ensure that all destination countries receive a notification that a convicted child sex predator is traveling to their country. The Department of Homeland Security’s responsibilities at the border and their unique relationships with border officials around the world will enable Angel Watch’s charge. 

Formalizes the process for the United States Marshals Service's Sex Offender Targeting Center to provide advanced notice of travel by all registered sex offenders to destination countries using the Interpol notification system.

Coordinates communication between the newly established Angel Watch Center and the well-established United States Marshal’s Service Sex Offender Targeting Center and streamlines the international notification system to ensure that no registered sex predators are lost in the system when leaving the United States. 

Designates the Angel Watch Center as responsible for receiving notifications of convicted sex offenders entering the United States.