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Rep. Smith’s arithmophilia over pedophilia doesn’t add up

By Sandy . . . A recent press release from the office of Congressmen Chris Smith, author of the bill which became International Megan’s Law says, “One year to the date of its enactment, Rep. Chris Smith (NJ-04) reports that the International Megan’s Law is already having the intended effect of reducing the threat of child sex tourism.” The proof…

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Putting IML into perspective

By Sandy . . . International Megan’s Law is without a doubt a waste of time and money and will cause harm in lives. Just as with regular Megan’s Law, research shows that its ability to offer any actual protection to children at risk of sexual harm is a few fractions of a percent above zero. The concerns are real, and…

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International Travel-Rules of the Road

Janice Bellucci & Paul Rigney…. International travel for registered citizens and members of their families has changed significantly since the passage of the International Megan’s Law. This presentation at our 2016 Atlanta conference educated registered citizens and family members about current rules and regulations affecting their international travel. RSOL Conf 2016 International Travel-Rules of the Road

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California IML challenge dismissed as premature

Associated Press . . . A lawsuit challenging a law that requires a marker to be placed in the passports of people convicted of sex offenses against children is premature because the marker provision is not yet in effect, a federal judge said Friday in a ruling dismissing the suit. U.S. District Court Judge Phyllis Hamilton said it was also…

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IML Update; Federal Government files motion to dismiss

IML Update Full Story on CARSOL The federal government filed a Motion to Dismiss the IML lawsuit this week. The government’s motion is based upon allegations that the plaintiffs in the case lack standing and that the challenge to the addition of a unique identifier to passports is not yet ripe. “The government’s Motion to Dismiss the IML lawsuit must…

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The fight goes on

By now everyone knows that the motion for a preliminary injunction in the IML case has been denied by a federal court in California. The mainstream news reports the details here and here. In brief, the judge felt a ruling at this point was premature because it is not yet clear what form a passport identifier might take. In legal jargon,…

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News of the day

OAKLAND, Calif. — The Latest on a new federal law that would mark the passports of some sex offenders (all times local): 1:30 p.m. 3/30/2016 An attorney challenging a new federal law that requires some sex offenders to have “unique identifiers” in their passports says the mark would wrongly imply they had engaged in child sex trafficking or child sex…

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News of the day

TODAY: Passport Mark for Sex Offenders Law Challenged in Court A judge in Northern California is set to hear arguments over whether to block a new federal law that requires sex offenders to have “unique identifiers” in their passports. read the full story   Still Pushing for Residency Restrictions ST. PAUL, MN (MNN) – Local communities could restrict where high-risk…

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IML called America’s global embarrassment

By Tamara Lave..…. What sounds like a good law in a twenty-second sound bite sometimes turns out to be less clear when one digs below the surface. Such is the case with International Megan’s Law, which President Obama recently signed into law. International Megan’s Law requires those who committed a sex offense against a child to have a permanent stamp…

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U.S. Congress successfully extends the “Megan” franchise

By David Kennerly…. We lost the battle, brewing for some eight years in Congress, which will effectively stop those of us, U.S. ‘registered sex offenders.’ from venturing beyond our own countries. The enactment of International Megan’s Law is not the end of the war, however, as we are fighting back against this injustice in the courts and, to the extent…

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