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President Obama Signs International Megan's Law To Prevent Child Exploitation

March 4, 2016

On February 8, 2016, President Obama signed “International Megan’s Law to Prevent Child Exploitation and Other Sexual Crimes Through Advanced Notification of Traveling Sex Offenders.” The law is designed to alert foreign governments when a registered sexual offender travels abroad. It was named for Megan Kanka, a 7-year-old girl who was sexually assaulted and killed in 1994 by a convicted sexual offender who lived in her neighborhood. Her death led to the original Megan's Law passed in 1996 requiring public notice when a sexual offender moves into a neighborhood. OJJDP provides programs and resources to combat commercial sexual exploitation of children at OJJDP’s Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Children webpage.


Access the OJJDP-funded report "Confronting Commercial Sexual Exploitation and Sex Trafficking of Minors in the United States.”

Learn more about the Office of Justice Programs' Office of Sex Offender Sentencing, Monitoring, Apprehending, Registering, and Tracking (SMART).

Access the SMART Watch newsletter to learn more about International Megan’s Law.

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