New Mexico

Department of Public Safety

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Support for Adam Wash Act (AWA) Implementation Grant Program

The Support for Adam Wash Act (AWA) Implementation Grant Program assists jurisdictions throughout the State of New Mexico with developing and/or enhancing programs designed to implement requirements of the Sexual Offender Registration and Notification Act (SORNA). In summary, SORNA requires: all States to maintain a sex offender registry and all sex offenders to register and maintain a current registration in each jurisdiction where the offender resides. SORNA is the designated authority that is responsible for setting forth requirements for sex offender registries, to include: specified required information, duration or registration and in-person verification of sex offender identity as well as participation in the National Sex Offender Public Website (NSOPW), and the utilization of the SORNA Exchange Portal.

The Department of Public Safety (DPS) is currently partnered with the Bernalillo County Sheriff’s Department (BCSO) Sex Offender Registration and Tracking Unit (S.O.R.T). This unit is charged with the responsibility of tracking and maintaining all the sex offender registrations within Bernalillo County. As a part of this initiative, AWA funding is used to support sex offender task force operations in Bernalillo County to include: address verification, surveillance, and warrant round up operations in order to locate and arrest current sex offender absconders. It is BCSO’s mission, through the support of this funding, to increase public safety and awareness of sex offender absconders residing in Bernalillo County.


Eligible applicants for this funding are states, the District of Columbia, the principal U.S. territories, and federally recognized Indian tribes that are eligible under SORNA section 127 to carry out the functions of SORNA and have elected to do so. Eligibility is limited to States and units of local government who apply through the State Administering Agency, the NMDPS.

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