Congress passed the Adam Walsh Child Protection and Safety Act of 2006 (AWA) and President Bush signed the AWA into law on July 27, 2006. The declared purpose of the AWA was “to protect children from sexual exploitation and violent crime, to prevent child abuse and child pornography, to promote Internet safety, and to honor the memory of Adam Walsh and other child crime victims.”
Since it affects all registrants, the focus is mainly on Title I of AWA, the Sex Offender Registration and Notification Act (SORNA). However, there is a lesser-known part of AWA that made revisions to the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA), Title IV. It states that certain U.S. citizens with a “specified offense against a minor” are ineligible to file family-based visa petitions for family members, unless the secretary of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) finds, in his or her “sole and unreviewable discretion,” and that the petitioner presents beyond any reasonable doubt “no risk” to the proposed beneficiary.
Are you affected by AWA Title IV because your partner, fiancé, or spouse is on the registry? Let us know your experience.
This blog is for the spouses and loved ones of registrants who cannot obtain legal status as a family member, due to Title IV of AWA. Please share your actual experiences with Title IV. In order to maximize the value to others, feel free to include as many details as you feel comfortable. We are in the process of collecting as many stories as possible with the goal of educating those in power of making a decision in your case, as well as educating the general public about the pain and suffering this law is causing to people who are being punished for loving and standing by a registrant.
REMINDER: this section is for documenting ACTUAL EXPERIENCES with Title IV of the AWA ONLY. All other comments should be made in other appropriate postings. Thank you for your cooperation.