U.S Code last checked for updates: May 27, 2024
§ 212a.
Restriction of passports for sex tourism
(a)
In general
Following any conviction of an individual for a violation of section 2423 of title 18, the Attorney General shall notify in a timely manner—
(1)
the Secretary of State for appropriate action under subsection (b); and
(2)
the Secretary of Homeland Security for appropriate action under the Immigration and Nationality Act [8 U.S.C. 1101 et seq.].
(b)
Authority to restrict passport
(1)
Ineligibility for passport
(A)
In general
(B)
Passport revocation
(2)
Exceptions
(A)
Emergency and humanitarian situations
(B)
Limitation for return to United States
(3)
Definitions
In this subsection—
(A)
the term “covered period” means the period beginning on the date on which an individual is convicted of a violation of section 2423 of title 18 and ending on the later of—
(i)
the date on which the individual is released from a sentence of imprisonment relating to the offense; and
(ii)
the end of a period of parole or other supervised release of the covered individual relating to the offense; and
(B)
the term “imprisonment” means being confined in or otherwise restricted to a jail, prison, half-way house, treatment facility, or another institution, on a full or part-time basis, pursuant to the sentence imposed as the result of a criminal conviction.
(Pub. L. 110–457, title II, § 236, Dec. 23, 2008, 122 Stat. 5082.)
cite as: 22 USC 212a