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The law is named for 6-year-old Adam Walsh, who was abducted from a Florida mall on this same date in by a serial killer.
This tragedy launched his father, John Walsh, on a lifelong mission to prevent similar attacks on other children. Those two projects alone have brought hundreds of wanted individuals to justice. As the lead federal agency for sex offender violations, the U. Assist state, local, tribal, and territorial authorities in the location and apprehension of noncompliant and fugitive sex offenders.
Assist in the identification and location of sex offenders relocated as a result of a major disaster. The agency deated experienced criminal investigators within all U. At the same time, the USMS established and maintains effective contacts with sex offender registration authorities, corrections officials, and other law enforcement agencies throughout the country.
Marshals Service was well positioned to carry out its new responsibilities because the agency had already established a foundational network of Deputy U. After the AWA became law, it was a natural act to use this same network to assist our partners with non-compliant sex offenders.
Marshals Service initiated more than 39, federal investigations and arrested more than 5, individuals for AWA violations. In the same timeframe, U. Marshals arrested more than 41, individuals wanted on state and local arrest warrants—charging them with failure to register as sex offenders.
During these operations, the USMS assisted state and local enforcement partners with more thancompliance checks on known sex offenders. Each month, users conduct an average of 4.
To date, there are 99 tribes participating in TAP, contributing to their ability to increase public safety on tribal lands. Marshals Service and will always be proud to have been a part of spearheading the strategy behind the Adam Walsh Act. Thank you for all the hard work you do every day to make our country safer.
Additional information about the U. For Immediate Release. July 27, Marshals Office of Public Affairs Adam Walsh Act Fifteenth Anniversary How the abduction, murder of a 6-year-old boy energized federal efforts to combat sex offender violations.
Assist state, local, tribal, and territorial authorities in the location and apprehension of noncompliant and fugitive sex offenders 2. Investigate violations of the AWA for federal prosecution 3.