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International Megan’s Law / RSO Travel Issues

I have written two pieces on the RSO travel issue, just published:

  • The first is about International Megan’s Law (download pdf)
  • The second describes current treatment (and regardless of Megan’s enactment) of RSO’s into the U.S. (download pdf)

It was an ambitious undertaking but I hope that you will find them to be worthwhile.

I believe that it is the most comprehensive treatment of this subject (thus far) but it is entirely possible that there may be omissions in these pieces and so would welcome your comments or criticisms for future revisions.

Submitted by David Kennerly


International Travel
International Travel – Mexico

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That’s a big HomeRun …nice..!

Thank you! It was (and is) hard work. And just the beginning, I’m afraid.

Wow, this is great! While I am most stingy with my printer paper I ripped open a new ream for this one!

I must read and digest this one on paper. Looks like this will put some context to all the bits and pieces I have picked up recently. Thank you!

Well, here are my experiences. I plead to a battery (I don’t want to be too detailed/wink) about 17 or more years ago. I received Summary Probation and the probation essentially stated, stay away from prostitutes/no minors ect involved. Charged reduced (wobbler) and expunged. No issues prior/after/no criminal record. I’ve flown to the Philippines, Costa Rica, Cayman Islands and I’ve been to Canada more than once. Whenever I fly back into LAX, the agents are kind or rude and they really don’t know what to say (ie: do you have the receipt proving you registered?). Whenever I’ve flown back into… Read more »

Well, that’s what these two articles are all about. And different states have different requirements for notification of travel. In general, and as long as you are not on probation or parole, you are (currently) entirely free to travel to other countries provided you comply with the notification laws to which you are subject. But while you may be free (from the U.S. point of view) to travel to other countries (provided you were not previously convicted of a “sex tourist” offense in another country), all of those countries reserve the right to refuse entry to any foreign visitor and… Read more »

I have said it before and you said it too… the US is not keeping anyone from traveling. Even they know they cannot pull that off. All they are doing is notifying the destination country of a criminal conviction, a fact, a public record. What the destination country is doing with this information is up to them. Some will care and some won’t. Some will deny entry and some won’t. That is their right, as sovereign nations. Of course, the needier and less secure the nation the more likely they are to please big brother. The effect is, of course… Read more »

I’m not going to assume that it is an unassailable practice (i.e. our gov’t giving foreign gov’ts our criminal records). You may be right and the genie may be out of the bottle but, unless we are finely tuned to the constitutional opportunities which may be available, I would rather not yet make that assumption.

Which is why I asked Janice for her thoughts even if she feels the need to refer us to someone else.

Hopefully, she will have some suggestions?

I am a foreigner who was convicted in the USA, did all of the time sentenced to, and then was deported. I have not gotten into anymore trouble since I was released from prison and deported well over a decade ago. I recently started traveling, and every time I am about to leave my country of origin this green alert pops up from interpol. It is such a hassle, n it is very humiliating indeed— especially since I am traveling n vacationing with my wife n family! The first time I was completely surprised by it and had no idea… Read more »

Which country are you referring to?

Actually, there are two questions here… 1. What country were you traveling from? 2. What country is your country and that you were trying to enter? (and a piece of advice….if this damned thing does follow you, just get used to it. I haven’t traveled this past year…but I used to get pulled aside to US Secondary Inspection for….being a…Sex Offender!!!!…maybe 10 times a year. You get used to it, so it is no big deal….Also, don’t let the bastards control you…if you can or need to travel, just do it…this added scrutiny, while unfair, will become normal and no… Read more »

At that person that uses usa (maybe change it..maybe g.wallace be better for you )…segregation today…segregation tomorrow …uno g.wallace…almost every comment you give the same mold thing what you plead guilty /no contest too…but what did a real private attorney cost..?..what charges you face had you gone to trial..?…going to trial and pleading guilty to lesser charges are a whole nother level.

Could someone recommend a lawyer who deals with this sort of situation. Not simply a sex offender lawyer who is familiar with California law BUT one that is versed in dealing with these NEW FEDERAL LEVEL sex offender laws as they are clearly being applied to us here in California despite it not being one of the states who have officially adopted them. We need this information! We can not just wait for the hammer to drop…it has already dropped and now it is continuing over and over driving nails as goes sealing the tomb we find ourselves trying to… Read more »

Thank you for the research. In addition to good lawyers we need investigative reporters with Jeremy Scahill and Greenwald’s courage and integrity to delve into what others are afraid to report, the inside workings of the prison military industrial complex, especially in the realm of sex offender laws, and the few who are profiting from it. Truly a daunting task, but I commend you for attempting to locate and connect the dots.

I took a plea then years ago, to possession of CP. The plea was leveraged by lies and threats which I believed all, including threats of pursuing family members. I scored a zero on the assessment and passed a polygraph that I had no hands on victims, with deferred adjudication. I hate being a registrant, life in the US is hell. So I had flown to Mexico several times and enjoyed it there. I knew that they had no registry so I decided to live there. I attempted to get a temporary resident visa where I divulged all of the… Read more »

One more question. For those that were not allowed to enter the country, did they ask you to sign a document? They put a document in front of me and I asked what it was and was told “that you were treated well”. But I have no idea what it was since it was in Spanish. Does anyone know?

I would have refused to sign anything that I could not read and understand.

I believe that CARSOL would send formal letters to the appropriate powers of these counties the facts about RC, it would do some good.

Would love your thoughts, please comment.x