A federal district court judge today granted the government’s motion to dismiss a challenge to the International Megan’s Law. The law, passed by Congress in February, allows the federal government to notify foreign countries that a registrant whose offense involved a minor is traveling to that country and requires the federal government to add a conspicuous unique identifier to their passports.
“Today’s decision is a travesty of justice,” stated ACSOL president Janice Bellucci. “As a result of this decision, registrants’ lives will be placed in danger and their ability to conduct business overseas will be halted.”
A fundamental disagreement between the parties in the case is whether the addition of a unique identifier to a registrant’s passport will convey a fact or an opinion. According to the government, the passport identifier reflects the fact that the individual has been convicted of a sex offense. According to the plaintiffs, the passport identifier reflects the government’s opinion that they are likely to engage in child sex tourism or child sex trafficking.
“Although today’s decision is a significant setback, we will file another lawsuit challenging the IML,” stated Bellucci. “The next lawsuit will be filed this calendar year and could be filed in another state.”