Title I of the Adam Walsh Child Protection and Safety Act of 2006, the Sex Offender Registration and Notification Act (SORNA), requires that registered sex offenders inform registry officials of any intended travel outside of the United States at least 21 days prior to the start of that travel. Pursuant to the National Guidelines for Sex Offender Registration and Notification, information about such intended travel is specifically required to be transmitted to the U.S. Marshals Service.
To substantially implement SORNA, jurisdictions must notify the U.S. Marshals Service's National Sex Offender Targeting Center (USMS-NSOTC) with the information below regarding a registered sex offender's intended international travel. Jurisdictions are strongly encouraged to make this notification by way of the Notification of International Travel of Sex Offender form on the SORNA Exchange Portal, which is available free of charge to all registration jurisdictions. As an alternative, jurisdictions may directly submit the Notification of International Travel form to USMS-NSOTC by email at [email protected], with a subject line of "Sex Offender Travel Notification." When a notification of international travel is received, USMS-NSOTC will provide the notification information to INTERPOL Washington, who will then communicate it to law enforcement partners at the intended foreign travel destination(s).
Jurisdictions should send the following traveler information to USMS-NSOTC:
- Full name (last, first, middle)
- Alias(es) (if applicable)
- Date of birth
- FBI number (for domestic law enforcement use only)
- Passport number and country
- Purpose(s) of travel (business, vacation, military, relocation, deportation, other [specify])
- Means of travel (air, bus, car, ship, train, other [specify])
- U.S. departure date and location
- U.S. return date and location
- Date and city, state or jurisdiction of conviction(s)
- Offense(s) of conviction requiring registration
- Victim information: age/gender/relationship
- Registration jurisdiction(s) (name of state, tribe or territory)
- Itinerary details (when available), including the name of the airport/train station/port, the flight/train/ship number, the time of departure, the time of arrival and information about any intermediate stops, including any cities/towns within countries and points of arrival/departure from each country
- Contact information within destination country
- Foreign travel visa information
- Notifying agency and contact information
Digital copies or photocopies of all pertinent travel documents should be made at the time a sex offender provides advance notice of international travel. If such documents are not available, the jurisdiction should collect identifying information regarding those documents (for example, a passport number and country of issuance in lieu of a physical copy of a passport). As appropriate, any new or updated registration information received from an offender (such as a passport number) should be included in the National Sex Offender Registry.
In addition and at their discretion, jurisdictions are free to directly notify other appropriate law enforcement agencies of an offender’s intended international travel by whatever means the jurisdiction deems necessary.
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