Daily Archives: November 10, 2017

Passport “identifiers” will not accomplish intended purpose…

Date: November 10, 2017

01) Passport “identifiers” will not accomplish intended purpose

“On October 30th, the State Department announced that passports of people who are required to register as sex offenders because of an offense involving a minor will be marked with a “unique identifier” that will read:

The bearer was convicted of a sex offense against a minor, and is a covered sex offender pursuant to 22 United States Code Section 212b(c)(l).


Ostensibly, the rationale underlying IML and policies like it, such as its namesake, Megan’s Law?—?the legal and pseudo-colloquial term for the sex offender registry?—?is this: those on the registry have a high rate of reoffending; therefore, their international movements ought to be tracked and destination counties put on notice when those on the registry travel abroad. Indeed, in the text of the pre-amble to IML, it is stated that “known child-sex offenders are traveling internationally,” implying a connection between those on the sex offender registry and sex tourism, even though this connection is unsupported by evidence.”