Guest editorial

By on February 24, 2011

Guest editorial by
Laura A. Ahearn, LMSW
Executive Director

Parents for Megan’s Law (PFML), a national not-for-profit community and victims’ rights organization, announced today that they have launched a sex offender e-mail alert program for Illinois residents. Community members who sign up will receive sex offender email alerts at no cost.

The sex offender email alert program is funded by the United States Justice Department. Parents and community members are supported by the agency’s National Megan’s Law Helpline (888) ASK-PFML where they can learn about responsible use of information and be educated about sexual abuse/abduction prevention and Internet Safety.

The agency’s Sex Offender Registration Tips (SORT) Program provides the public an opportunity to report registrants who are failing to comply with registration requirements, employment or supervision restrictions or who are in positions of trust where they can access children. SORT reports can be made via the Helpline or website. SORT Analysts work collaboratively with federal, state and local law enforcement agencies to facilitate the appropriate follow-up action.

Registering for sex offender e-mail alerts is fast and easy:
• Log onto
• Click “Email Alert Registration.”
• Click “First Time User Registration.”
• Enter your e-mail address and create your personal password
• Enter information requested and select the zip codes you want to notified about.

E-mail alerts will be sent to you containing a link to view important information about the offender. Additional searches can be done across the state and nation. The website has valuable prevention information and services available for crime victims.

Registration and support questions can be directed to the National Megan’s Law Helpline at 1-888-275-7365.

Parents for Megan’s Law is a not-for profit 501 c (3) organization dedicated to the prevention and treatment of sexual abuse and provision of services to all victims of violent crime.