Representative Ted Poe (TX-02) announced today the Child Safety Act of 2005 overwhelmingly passed in the U.S. House of Representatives. This comprehensive bi-partisan legislation was designed to protect children from sex offenders and other criminals. This measure includes all of the provisions offered by Congressman Poe in his first bill, the Child Predator Act of 2005 (H.R. 1355) by creating a National Sex Offender Registry that will keep track offenders across state lines. In addition, this legislation includes a Training and Technology Amendment to provide law enforcement with the funding and latest technologies to deal with internet crimes against children.

This is a victory for our children, said Poe. The Child Safety Act of 2005 will help close loopholes in current sex offender notification requirements and protect our children from those predators lurking in their communities. I urge the Senate to take swift action and get this important piece of legislation to the Presidents desk as soon as possible.

The Child Safety Act was drafted in response to the recent kidnappings, rapes, and murders of several children like Jessica Lunsford, Sarah Lunde, and Jetseta Gage, the Childrens Safety Act of 2005 addresses numerous elements of crime against children including: violent crimes, sexual crimes and exploitation, as well as protection of foster and adopted children. Inspired by Congressman Poes Child Predator Act, the Childrens Safety Act will feature components such as a concrete definition of a child predator, the escalation of non-compliance with registration requirements to a federal felony, community notification for all sex offenders (including child predators) who enter a new community, a free online database accessible to law enforcement and parents, and specifications for the timely update of this database even for those sex offenders crossing state lines.

Representative Poe co-founded and co-chairs the Congressional Victims Right Caucus. He has over 22 years experience dealing with criminal cases as a felony court judge and a prosecutor and remains a leading authority on crime, justice, and childrens issues. Congressman Poe serves on the Board of Directors for the National Childrens Alliance and The Childrens Assessment Center in Houston. Poe recently received the Champion of Social Change Award from the Texas Association Against Sexual Assault for his dedication on behalf of victims.