International Tracking of Sex Offenders Working Group
Over the past 5 years, the SMART Office has worked tirelessly to create a tracking system for sex offenders who depart and reenter the United States. The SMART Office established the International Tracking of Sex Offenders Working Group (IWG) in 2008. As a member of IWG, the SMART Office has continuously strived to create better connections between federal agencies and has worked to improve communication from State, local, tribal, and territory law enforcement to federal law enforcement about offenders who plan to travel internationally. In so doing, we are closer than ever to having a thorough system for tracking sex offenders who travel internationally.
The automatic notification procedure described in the original International Tracking of Sex Offenders Working Group: White Paper has now received final approval from the director of the FBI, and its implementation is now in progress. Once its implementation is complete, local registering agencies and the National Sex Offender Targeting Center (NSOTC) will receive an automatic notification from the National Sex Offender Registry whenever a registered sex offender is screened by the Department of Homeland Security upon entering or departing the United States.
Registry officials are reminded to take advantage of the International Travel Form on the SORNA Exchange Portal to submit detailed information directly to the NSOTC about an offender’s intended international travel.
Finally, the Government Accountability Office issued a report in February 2013 that details the overall work of IWG. It is available for review at http://www.gao.gov/products/GAO-13-200.
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