Adam Walsh Act Cases: Family-Based Immigrant Petitions

(365 Ratings)

Produced on: December 03, 2015

Course Format On Demand Audio

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Course Description

Time 60 minutes
Difficulty Intermediate

On July 27, 2006 President George W. Bush enacted the Adam Walsh Child Protection and Safety Act. This law was meant to protect children from sexual exploitation in violent crimes, prevent child abuse and child pornography, and to promote Internet safety. However, the act also amended INA Section 204 and effectively prohibited US citizens and lawful permanent resident aliens who have been convicted of any “specific crime against a minor” from filing any family-based immigrant petition on behalf of any beneficiary. In this program, attorney and forensic expert Mark Silver presents an overview of the Adam Walsh Act as it pertains to immigration defense lawyers who assist clients with family-based immigration petitions.


Learning Objectives:

I.     Recognize the legal background of the Adam Walsh Act

II.    Identify major mitigation strategies and criteria in defense of these cases 

III.   Understand major risk factors in these cases 

IV.   Grasp the overall purpose of criminal mitigation in this context


Mark Silver

Psychiatric Social Worker

MARK SOLOMON SILVER is a New York State Licensed Clinical Social Worker. He has a Combined Specialist Bachelor of Arts degree in History and Political Science from the University of Toronto and a Master of Arts degree in Political Science from the University of Western Ontario.  He has also completed a Master of Social Work at the University of Toronto, a post-graduate Certificate Program in Family Therapy at Smith College, and a Doctor of Psychology at the Southern California University for Professional Studies. In addition, Mark holds a Juris Doctor from the City University of New York, Queens College, and is admitted to practice law in the states of New York and New Jersey and the Southern and Eastern Districts of New York. 

Additionally, Mark has published more than a dozen papers on forensic social work and mental health practice in criminal and immigration consultation for attorneys in various academic and practice journals, and has lectured on various aspects of these subjects. Mark is the author of Handbook of Mitigation in Criminal and Immigration Forensics: Humanizing the Client Towards a Better Legal Outcome. Revised Fifth Edition. (2015). 


For the past ten years, Mark has worked as a consultant for law firms throughout the United States conducting psychosocial evaluations and writing formal reports in forensic and mitigation immigration and criminal cases. To date, Mark has worked on more than 1000 such cases in forensic immigration and criminal practice and consultation. He has worked with clients from about forty countries throughout the world on various individual, family, and mental health issues related to criminal conduct and deportation. He has also provided expert testimony in several dozen of these cases.


Heidi E.

Compassionately done. Good information.

Richard R.

Mark, thank you!

Maureen C.

the lecturer is clearly an expert; very natural presenter too

Margaret H.

well organized!

Jay G.

Excellent speaker, well thought out and specific topic covered very well.

MaryJane M.

This information can be applied to more than AWA; useful in criminal presentence investigation statements as well

Robert K.

excellent presenter

Jeanette taylor J.


Martha B.

well done!

Kathleen S.

Very informative. Great overview.

James L.

I appreciated the content and the method of presentation

Alison C.

Well presented and informative course.

Julie P.


Marc F.

Excellent presentation .

Daniel O.

Very interesting program.

Chukwuka O.

Great insight!

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