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Adam Walsh Act Cases: Family-Based Immigrant Petitions

(413 reviews)

Produced on December 03, 2015

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$ 59 Immigration and Public Interest In Stock

Course Information

Time 60 minutes
Difficulty Intermediate

Course Description

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 S. SILVER is a lawyer and New York State Licensed Clinical Social Worker, with a doctorate in psychology and a post-graduate certificate in family therapy. He is the author of several publications, including Handbook of Mitigation in Criminal and Immigration Forensics: Humanizing the Client Towards a Better Legal Outcome. Sixth Edition. (2017). Since 2002, 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. He has worked with thousands of clients from over forty countries on various individual, family, and mental health issues related to criminal conduct and deportation. He has also provided expert testimony in many of these cases in Immigration Court and lectures to lawyers throughout the United States on a wide range of forensic issues with case samples. He can be reached at or 917-608-1346. 


Brian W.

I was familiar with Adam Wash act but this seminar gave me a greater understanding of how to proceed in immigration and criminal 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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