International Megan’s Law: Cruel and Unusual Punishment

We hear a lot of heartbreaking stories from registrants and families. Some of the worst are when families are divided.

One of our members, who has a decades-old conviction, for which he got probation, left the country 17 years ago and hasn’t come back. He went on to live a good life in this other country, established a business, got married and had three children. In October, his mother fell gravely ill and he returned to see her. When he flew into the country (another state) he did what he was supposed to do and registered his one-week stay, letting them know he would be going home on November 7th.

Our country sent a “green notice” to the country he now (and for the past 17 years) lives, warning them of his arrival, flight information and registration flyer. Not surprisingly, the authorities were waiting for him and upon arrival he was immediately turned back. Unwilling to step foot in the US again, he’s currently exiled in a third country, unwilling to be subjected to a lifetime of persecution in the US and unable to return home to his family. He desperately misses them and they miss him.

Yesterday, one of the commenters on our site shared the sad result of their planned trip to Jamaica for their daughter’s wedding. She wrote:

After all the back and forth we decided to go and try. We all took flight together praying that my husband could talk to somebody we were with his daughter with the wedding dress and everything but NO.
We got sent on same plane.

The minute we landed in Jamaica while on plane they made an announcement With my husbands name to meet airport staff at gate.

One thing they were polite and respectful. They allowed us to walk with my husband. They took him for a moment to another room. I was hopeful since they were being nice. But they told me before they told him that he’s going back to USA and asked if I was going with him.

I wasn’t going to stay with out him. He was destroyed.
They said USA regulation they put pressure and made agreement that they cannot allow anyone with this type of record even if it’s been almost 25 years level 2 or any.

I’m so angry at the system! My husband has never had any other record. He took a plea when he was young didn’t know any better. He did make a mistake served 2 years.

I think they have to change something. If someone has gone so many years with out any offense, has gotten treatment, or evaluated they should be freed from this label.

What’s sad is I want to do something about it but i can’t expose my husband because he lives with this shame and fear!

It’s just messed up! They should tell you before you get on plane that this would happen!

We lost money, but most importantly we will miss thus very special wedding.

My step daughter and her fiancé were destroyed.

These stories are horrific! Imagine a daughter unable to have her father walk her down the isle. Not having her family with her on the most special day of her life!

Imagine a wife and small children not knowing when they will see their father again. A family without their bread winner. Stuck in limbo, potentially having to leave a home and business behind and start over in a new country.

It’s reminiscent of the pogroms in Eastern Europe or the persecutions in Syria. Only it’s the Unites States.

What a twisted, sadistic country we live in, that feels the need to torture the families of registrants! That is all the International Megan’s Law does – inflicts cruel and unusual punishment!



  1. Hello,
    I totaly agree. This country has turned in to 1930s Germany. I have not seen my son and wife in 2 years now. I spent 20 years rebuilding my life just to have this country take everything away. I want to fight with all my might, but unsure how to. There has to some lawyer out there that will fight this on our behalf.

  2. a man without a country maybe

    This is me too. I learned how things had gone to warp speed in February when I tried to return “home” to deal with my last parent’s estate. I have lived overseas almost 15 years now, since finishing probation. I have a family in my new home, but when I got ready to check in at the airport for one last trip to the US, I was not allowed to board an Asian carrier because I would not be allowed to TRANSIT their hub airport for TWO HOURS before continuing to the US!
    Now, I’m in constant fear about what will happen here when it’s time for me to renew my retirement visa so I can stay with my family and PROVIDE for them! Part of my renewal process will be going to our embassy here for some paperwork before going to the local immigration office. Which one will it be that trips me up? Will I even get to say good-bye to my wife and our child? This is much more damaging to my family’s future than what I did nearly 20 years ago!

  3. The real purpose of the IML is not to prevent child sex trafficking and sex tourism in what Representative Chris Smith claims because that task would be impossible to accomplish and the people that are doing these things are usually criminals from other countries that have not been caught, prosecuted and may do these things on rare occasion. The real purpose of the IML is to ban registrants from international travel even those that have worked hard to rebuild their lives and live law abiding lives. When they do the mandatory 21 day notice with the authorities, it gets them in the system for the feds to automatically take action of sending alert notices out to destinations without letting registrants know what will happen until they arrive and are usually turned away and sent back home, and even if a country allows registrants in, that could change anytime. Congress makes it seem like they’re fighting crime globally with cooperation from many foreign government agencies around the world and expect you to believe the IML will be the end of sex trafficking and sex tourism through advance notifications and new passports which will never work. Over 95% of all offences are committed by people that have never before been arrested and so are not on any registry.

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