This program furthers the SMART Office’s mission by assisting states, the District of Columbia, U.S. territories, and certain federally-recognized Indian tribes with implementation and ongoing maintenance of requirements under the Adam Walsh Protection and Safety Act of 2006, specifically Subtitle A of Title I, the Sex Offender Registration and Notification Act (SORNA). Regional SORNA Workshops and the National Symposium on Sex Offender Management and Accountability will be planned and conducted as part of this program. The SORNA Workshops provide a unique opportunity to bring together individuals working on and supporting registry systems so that they can strengthen their partnerships and learn best practices from other registry personnel. Complementing the SORNA Workshops, the National Symposium on Sex Offender Management and Accountability will bring together national experts and practitioners from across the country to provide advanced training and share information regarding evidence-based and effective practices in the field of sex offender management.
This document provides guidance to tribes on where an offender should report for registration, taking into consideration victim safety, availability of resources, logistics and law enforcement needs.
The NASOM Forum was held to bring together a diverse group of experts in the field (including FVTC consultants and SMART Office Senior Policy Advisors in Indian Country) to discuss the program data collected, review the literature summary, and collaborate on creating tribal specific, culturally appropriate resources and programs. As part of the development of the literature review, program inventory, and other written materials, a group of tribal subject matter experts provided a peer-review of all of the documents during the National Forum. This feedback has been incorporated into the final version of this report.