H.R. 4573 (113th): International Megan’s Law to Prevent Demand for Child Sex Trafficking


May 6, 2014
113th Congress, 2013–2015

Died in a previous Congress

This bill was introduced in a previous session of Congress and was passed by the House on May 20, 2014 but was never passed by the Senate.


Christopher “Chris” Smith

Representative for New Jersey's 4th congressional district



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Last Updated: Dec 11, 2014
Length: 15 pages

About the bill

Full Title

To protect children from exploitation, especially sex trafficking in tourism, by providing advance notice of intended travel by registered child-sex offenders outside the United States to the government of the country of destination, requesting foreign governments to notify the United States when a known child-sex offender is seeking to enter the United States, and for other purposes.

Summary (CRS)

Section4 - Directs the Secretary of Homeland Security (DHS) to establish within the Child Exploitation Investigations Unit of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) the Angel Watch Center, which shall:(1) ... Read more >

The bill’s title was written by its sponsor.


May 6, 2014

This is the first step in the legislative process.

May 9, 2014
Reported by Committee

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May 20, 2014
Passed House

The bill was passed in a vote in the House. It goes to the Senate next. The vote was by voice vote so no record of individual votes was made.

Dec 11, 2014
Text Published

Updated bill text was published as of Reported by Senate Committee.

This is a House of Representatives bill in the United States Congress (indicated by the “H.R.” in “H.R. 4573”). A bill must be passed by both the House and Senate in identical form and then be signed by the President to become law.


20 cosponsors (18R, 2D) (show)
Committee Assignments

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There have been no roll call votes related to this bill.

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