The Office of Management and Budget (OMB) has approved proposed SORNA regulations issued more than a year ago. This is a significant step forward toward finalization of the regulations which are now under consideration by U.S. Attorney General Merrick Garland.
Many registrants would have to register every three months, disclose their mail addresses, disclose what websites they log on to, disclose where they travel to, and many other requirements!
“Every registrant, family member and supporter must voice their opposition to the proposed SORNA regulations,” stated ACSOL Executive Director Janice Bellucci. “This is the only possible way to stop the regulations from causing great harm to every person on the registry as well as their families. We have to overcome our fears and make enough noise for them to hear us! Hiding will not work. Violence will not work. Call and write! You will feel more empowered if you do. Click here to read my new Janice’s Journal about SORNA.”
ACSOL recommends that individuals state their opposition to the proposed SORNA regulations by using ALL these different methods:
- First, call the U. S. Department of Justice and leave a comment on the agency’s comment line at 1-202-353-1555
- Second, send an online message to the agency (the general topic is “message to attorney general) at
- Third, mail a letter to Attorney General Garland at U.S. Department of Justice, 950 Pennsylvania Avenue NW, Washington, D.C. 20530-0001.
Each communication should include the following information and/or information in the attached response which was developed by a team of legal professionals and sent to the U. S. Department of Justice in September 2020.
- Subject: Oppose proposed SORNA regulations Proposed Rulemaking, Docket No. OAG 157 (AG Order No. 4759–2020)
- Proposed regulations would significantly harm almost 1 million U.S. families, and how yours would be affected.
- Proposed regulations are vague because they create requirements that registrants cannot meet such as registering up to 4 times a year. Explain how you would be affected.
- Proposed regulations have a chilling effect on travel within U.S. that will harm family members in need as well as limit educational opportunities. Tell how this affects you.
- Proposed regulations violate state rights to determine registration procedures. Describe how you feel about them overriding your state’s desires for doing registration.
- Proposed regulations have a chilling effect on First Amendment rights of registrants because they require disclosure of remote communications identifiers. Explain how this would impact you.
- If you take the time to write an original letter it will be given more weight than if looks like you just copied and pasted the same text that other people used.
- Be cordial, don’t flame. They will throw it out if you rage.
- Get to your talking points fast. Long letters are not necessarily best.
- Refer to something personal you have experienced that they need to know.
There is no deadline by which Attorney General Garland must reach a final decision regarding the proposed SORNA regulations. Therefore, that decision could be made at any time. The decision of the Attorney General will be published in the Federal Register and Congress will have 30 days to review that decision before it becomes law.
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Your message to the Department of Justice
Messages to the Department of Justice, including the Attorney General, may be submitted via this form.
Your question or comments will be forwarded to the responsible Department of Justice component for appropriate handling.
- This form should not be used for service of official, case-related or legal documents because it is not monitored for such submissions or for other time-sensitive communications.
- If you know the specific organization or official you wish to contact, please indicate such in your message or check the Component Contact Information Page to contact them directly.
In some instances the volume of communication on a particular issue is such that we cannot respond to each message individually. We would like you to know, however, that all incoming messages are forwarded to the appropriate organization within the Department of Justice and you can be assured that your voices and views are being heard.
ACSOL’s Response to the proposed regulations: