Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2017, $228,850)
The Adam Walsh Child Protection and Safety Act of 2006 (AWA) (42 U.S.C. § 16909, et seq.; Pub. L. 113-235, 128 Stat. 2130, 2193) authorizes the Office of Sex Offender Sentencing, Monitoring, Apprehending, Registering, and Tracking (SMART) to administer sex offender management grants. These grants assist states, the District of Columbia, U.S. principal territories and tribal jurisdictions in developing and/or enhancing sex offender registration and notification programs that support substantial implementation of Title I of the AWA, known as the Sex Offender Registration and Notification Act (SORNA). SORNA was enacted to protect the public from convicted sex offenders and offenders against children by establishing a comprehensive national system for the registration of those offenders.
Nooksack Indian Tribe will use FY 2017 AWA grant funds to move toward SORNA implementation. Activities will include providing officers with the training and safety measures needed to adhere to SORNA implementation and to most effectively respond to incidents involving sex offenses. The Tribe will utilize grant funds to support a full-time SORNA officer responsible for sex offender registration and ongoing community outreach, education and support to help prevent and appropriately respond to sexual violence.