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SMART Watch Newsletter, February 2019

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February 2019
7 pages
This February 2019 newsletter of the U.S. Justice Department's Office of Sex Offender Sentencing, Monitoring, Apprehension, Registering, and Tracking (SMART) contains feature articles on significant events and recent activities relevant to SMART's mission of administering the standards for the federal Sex Offender Registration and Notification Program mandated in Title 1 of the Adam Walsh Act.
The newsletter features a "In Memorian" for Dru Sjodin, who was abducted and murdered by a registered sex offender in 2003. She was a student advocate for victims and survivors of sexual assault at the University of North Dakota. In another article, SMART Director Laura L. Rogers lays out SMART's goals for the new year (2019). The overall commitment is to work with jurisdictions in assisting law enforcement by providing tools to prevent sexual assault and provide services for its victims. Another feature article focuses on SMART's hosting of the 2019 Sex Offender Management and Accountability Symposium July 17-18 in Chicago. It will focus on law enforcement applications of the Sex Offender Registration and Notification Act, registration and notification issues, and prosecution of sex offenses. An article also addresses SMART's expansion of grant eligibility under the Adam Walsh Act Implementation Grant Program, which is a purpose area/funding opportunity for counties in states the SMART Office has determined to have substantially implemented the Sex Offender Registration and Notification Act (SORNA). Two other feature articles in the newsletter address SMART's survey of higher education institutions regarding their policies regarding sex offenders and sexual misconduct, as well as a case profile that involved an international travel notification prosecution under the 2016 International Megan's Law.

Date Published: February 1, 2019