News About Sex Offender Registries
In the days of the Third Reich, the Nazis stamped the passports of Jews with a conspicuous “J”. The “Judenstempel” (Jew Stamp), was used by the Nazi German authorities identify those of the Jewish faith.
Through the identifier, German Jews could be identified immediately at border crossings. Depending on the entry requirements of the destination country, this could mean that Jews were denied entry.
On October 5, 1938, the Reich Ministry of the Interior invalidated all German passports held by Jews, requiring them to surrender their old passports and reissuing them with the large “J” stamp in them.
On October 27, 2017, the United States Department of State announced that it will begin revoking the passports of registered sex offenders and reissue them with an identifier.