Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Federal Bill HR515 (AKA- International Megan’s Law) Passed the US Congress on February 1, 2016 and now Heads to the President to be Signed Into Law

Readers should remember the December 18, 2015 Action Item I posted to contact every Virginia Congress member with a list of their assistants email addresses and office phone numbers and suggestions on what to say in regards to the US Senate amendment that was added to HR515. 

Well, yesterday on February 1, 2016 the US Congress accepted the Corker amendment and passed the bill (see articles below) by voice vote, it now heads to the President to be signed into law and it will be. 

The most viewed page of this blog is the Traveling as a Registered Sex Offender page with more than 13,575 views as of today. Why because RSO’s who are traveling for school, work, family and fun are always concerned that they will arrive at their destination and be turned away without any notice. Not only humiliating, but a complete waste of thousands of dollars not to mention missing what ever appointments or functions that were planned including family or friends who are ill or have died.

The United States doesn’t want its RSO’s in their communities and yet they don’t want RSO’s to travel abroad either. Unwanted, controlled, restricted, suppressed, denied and now trapped.

Now the only option against HR515 is a court challenge and an advocate is already working on that. 

He sent out an alert a few days ago looking for plaintiffs I have just been too busy with the Virginia General Assembly to post it until now, here it is. 

From: Galen Baughman
Subject: Challenging International Megan's Law in Federal Court

Dear Leaders in Sex Offender Policy:

If you're getting this message it's because I believe you can help me. A number of lawyers are working with me to lay the foundations for a legal challenge to International Megan's Law if it is signed into law. We expect H.R. 515 to pass on a suspension vote in the House this Monday (2-1-16) and be sent to President Obama's desk.

We're looking for ideal plaintiffs and we need your help to find people who meet one of these criteria:
1-Does not have a passport, but wants one
2-Has a passport about to expire
3-Travels internationally a number of times per year (especially for work)
4-Has been harassed while traveling in or out of the US based on registration status 

If you think you fit any of these four categories, please write to me with the following information:
3-Age at time of offense
5-Which of the four (4) categories you fit into
6-Would you be willing to be a name plaintiff to challenge this law?
7-State you live in

All responses will be treated as confidential by the Washington Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights & Urban Affairs and Human Rights Defense Center.

Time is of the essence. Please respond soon and share this with your networks.

Galen Baughman
Soros Justice Fellow
Human Rights Defense Center

11 Dupont Circle, NW
Washington, DC 20036

(202) 681-8121

If you are interested in being a plaintiff please contact Galen TODAY! 

Mary Devoy

Editorial: Do sex offenders deserve a scarlet letter on their passport? February 3, 2016

Obama Could Still Stop 'Megan's Law' From Making Sex Offenders Get Special Passports, February 2, 2016
For the first time in U.S. history, some citizens may be singled out for scarlet letters on their passports.

Congress Acts to Mark Passports of Sex Offenders, February 2, 2016
Target of legislation is sex-traffickers; critics call it a ‘scarlet letter.’

Bill Would Make It Harder for Sex Offenders to Travel Abroad, February 1, 2016

International Megan's Law heads to Obama's desk, February 1, 2016

Congressman Chris Smith’s International Megan’s Law bill will finally reach Obama’s desk, February 1, 2016


Previously Posted in the In the News Page: 

ACTION ALERT: Challenging International Megan's Law in Federal Court, January 30, 2016

Government Wants to Brand Sex Offenders on Their Passports, January 8, 2016
Shameful and unnecessary.

Lenore Skenazy: Labeling sex offenders’ passports is overkill, January 6, 2016

The yellow star, the scarlet letter and ‘International Megan’s Law’, January 6, 2016

International Megan’s Law to Prevent Demand for Child Sex Trafficking, November 19, 2015

Human trafficking survivor: I was raped 43,200 times, November 10, 2015
HR515 International Megan’s Law

Utah A.G. Sean Reyes urges Congress to pass international Megan's Law, May 14, 2015

House passes International Megan's Law, notifies foreign countries of traveling sex offenders, January 27, 2015

It's National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month. What's Congress Doing About It? January 27, 2015

U.S. House passes International Megan's Law sponsored by N.J. Rep. Chris Smith, January 26, 2015

International travel restrictions based on criminal record, January 2, 2015