Meet the Acting Director

Laura L. Rogers currently serves as the Acting Director of the U.S. Department of Justice’s Office on Violence Against Women (OVW).  Prior to joining OVW, Laura L. Rogers was sworn in as Director of the Office of Sex Offender Sentencing, Monitoring, Apprehending, Registering, and Tracking (SMART Office), Office of Justice Programs, U.S. Department of Justice on January 4, 2018. As Director, Ms. Rogers led the SMART Office in administering the standards of the Sex Offender Registration and Notification Act (SORNA) for the 50 states, five principal U.S. territories, the District of Columbia and approximately 155 federally recognized Indian tribes and oversaw the National Sex Offender Public Registry and  the administration of $20 million in grants annually.

While serving as the Director of the SMART office, Ms. Rogers was appointed as the Acting Principal Deputy Assistant Attorney General, Office of Justice Programs, U.S. Department of Justice from July to September 2018, where she oversaw the administration of $3.2 billion in grants.

From 2011–15, Ms. Rogers served on the National Review Board of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops. There, she assisted in the revision of the Catholic Church’s Charter for the Protection of Children and Young People. As chair of the Audit Committee, Ms. Rogers directed a review of grand jury reports to identify diocese-level organizational problems that led to child abuse occurrences within the Catholic Church.

From 2011–18, Ms. Rogers sat on the Philadelphia Archdiocese Review Board on Sexual Abuse and Pastoral Conduct. She reviewed cases of sexual abuse and boundary violation allegedly committed by Philadelphia Archdiocese priests and made recommendations to the Archbishop of Philadelphia.

Ms. Rogers was appointed by President George W. Bush as the founding Director of the SMART Office and tasked to implement the Adam Walsh Child Protection and Safety Act of 2006 (AWA). During her tenure, the Department published the National Guidelines for Sex Offender Notification and Registration, revitalized the National Sex Offender Public Website, established the Tribal and Territory Sex Offender Registry and established an international working group to track sex offenders traveling internationally. Ms. Rogers trained extensively throughout the United States on AWA implementation as well as at INTERPOL in Lyon, France.

From 2009­–11, Ms. Rogers served as Deputy Director of the Criminal Law Division of the U.S. Navy's Office of the Judge Advocate General, the Director of the Navy's Litigation Track and Legal Advisor for the Sexual Assault Prevention Training Program. During her tenure, Ms. Rogers revitalized the Navy’s Criminal Litigation Track, provided expert technical assistance to front-line judge advocate generals, oversaw training at the Naval Justice School, and evaluated child abuse case investigation.

From 2004–06, Ms. Rogers served as the founding chair of the Maryland Province of the Society of Jesus Review Board.

In 2004, Ms. Rogers founded the National Institute for Training Child Abuse Professionals. She trained nationally on child sexual abuse and child homicide topics.

In 1999, Ms. Rogers joined the National District Attorneys Association's National Center for Prosecution of Child Abuse as a senior attorney. She trained nationally and internationally on prosecutorial and investigation tactics; expert witness and evidentiary issues; multidisciplinary team approaches; child forensic interviews; and investigation and prosecution of child abuse, shaken baby syndrome and cases involving victims with intellectual disabilities.

Ms. Rogers began her legal career in 1988 as a criminal prosecutor in the San Diego County District Attorney's Office. During her decade there, she prosecuted child homicides, developed prosecution subspecialties for cases involving victims with intellectual disabilities and established the office’s first sex offender registry prosecution unit.

Ms. Rogers taught trial practice at George Mason University Antonin Scalia Law School and at California Western School of Law in San Diego for a combined six years.

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Updated June 19, 2019