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Monday, May 23, 2022

McPherson on International Sex Offender Registration Systems

Lori McPherson (Government of the United States of America - United States Marshals Service (USMS)) has posted Leveraging Information to Prevent Offending Abroad: International Megan's Law and Sex Offender Registration Systems Around the World (Gonzaga Law Review, Vol. 57, No. 2, 2021/22) on SSRN. Here is the abstract:
This article discusses in broad terms the longstanding and significant problem of convicted sex offenders traveling internationally to abuse children, and the efforts underway in the United States to prevent such offending behavior. It focuses on how the United States shares information about known offenders when they travel internationally and provides an overview of existing sex offender registration systems around the world. These discussions demonstrate that many nations are in a position to proactively exchange information about known sex offenders with one another to better protect their own countries.

The Article proceeds in seven parts. A general discussion about the problem of the sexual exploitation of children in travel and tourism (SECTT) is found in Part I.
Part II explores the international response to SECTT, including international instruments and collaborative law enforcement efforts. Part III examines the role of the United States as a source of travelers engaging in illicit sexual conduct, legislation criminalizing that conduct, civil remedies, and its sex offender registration and notification systems prior to the passage of International Megan’s Law to Prevent Child Sexual Exploitation and Other Sexual Crimes Through Advanced Notification of Traveling Sex Offenders (International Megan’s Law, or IML). Part IV contains a detailed analysis of International Megan’s Law and its terms, including the specific issue of IML’s passport marking provisions. Finally, Part V provides a survey of the sex offender registration systems in place around the world.

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