Megan was just seven years old when it happened. She was brutally assaulted and murdered by a convicted sex offender who lived across the street. This deplorable act was the catalyst for the Megan’s Law movement, a series of laws enacted at the state and federal levels that keep the public informed of sex offenders in their neighborhood.
This week, Congress expanded Megan’s Law to a global level, with the passage of International Megan’s Law. Introduced by Rep. Chris Smith (R-NJ), H.R. 515 gives the Department of Homeland Security the resources and tools it needs to protect children all over the world from child trafficking and sex offenders through enhanced tracking and notification programs. International Megan’s law has already passed the Senate, and now it goes to the president’s desk.
Today, we honor Megan’s memory—and the victims of all deplorable sex and trafficking crimes—and renew our commitment in the fight to protect our children from these evil actors.