In June and July 2018, the SMART Office hosted a series of four International Megan’s Law regional meetings in Detroit, Phoenix and Tampa, Florida, to discuss the international tracking of registered sex offenders. Altogether, more than 70 participants from 36 states, all five territories and 21 tribes attended.
The meetings provided jurisdictional representatives an overview of the resources available to track registered sex offenders traveling internationally and included the following sessions:
- SORNA’s provisions and an overview of foreign registry systems
- How the National Sex Offender Registry is involved in border screenings
- How to use INTERPOL’s Green Notice program
- How to investigate and prosecute child sex tourism cases
- What roles the U.S. Marshals Service and Angel Watch Center play
Representatives from the SMART Office, FBI, INTERPOL-Washington, U.S. Marshals Service, U.S. Attorney’s Office, Angel Watch Center and the State Department presented sessions. In addition, presenters facilitated discussions among attendees about how they were implementing (or plan to implement) SORNA’s requirement for offenders to provide 21 days’ advance notice of international travel.
For more information about SORNA’s international tracking requirements, visit the SMART Office’s International Tracking of Sex Offenders webpage.