Office of Justice Programs

Laura L. Rogers, Director

Photo of Laura L. Rogers, Director, Sex Offender Sentencing, Monitoring, Apprehending, Registering, and Tracking Office 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 leads the SMART staff 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 160 federally recognized Indian tribes and oversees the administration of $15 million in grant-making annually. Ms. Rogers was the founding Director of the SMART Office, after it was established in 2006.

Prior to rejoining the SMART Office, Ms. Rogers held a four-year term on the National Review Board (NRB) of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, from 2011–15. During her term, Ms. Rogers assisted in the revision of the Catholic Church's Charter for the Protection of Children and Young People. She served as the Audit Committee chair and as a member of the Research and Trends Committee. As chair of the Audit Committee, Ms. Rogers oversaw the creation of a Resource Toolbox, which included child abuse policies, laws, articles, studies, document templates, training videos and more, made available to Catholic Church and school employees nationwide. She directed a review of grand jury reports to identify organizational problems common among dioceses that led to the occurrence of child abuse. Ms. Rogers participated in a Safe Environment Project to improve Catholic school program quality and in the Highly Reliable Organization Project aimed at reducing the occurrence of child abuse cases within the Catholic Church. She provided expert policy advice and guidance on child sexual abuse to provincial and religious review boards and lectured on related topics. She also served as the NRB's liaison to the Conference of Major Superiors of Men.

Also in 2011, Ms. Rogers was invited to sit on the Philadelphia Archdiocese Review Board on Sexual Abuse and Pastoral Conduct. Here, with her fellow board members, she reviews cases of sexual abuse and boundary violation allegedly committed by priests within the Philadelphia Archdiocese and provides recommendations to the Archbishop of Philadelphia.

On July 27, 2006, the Adam Walsh Child Protection and Safety Act (AWA) was signed into law by President George W. Bush. Ms. Rogers was appointed by the President as the founding Director of the SMART Office and tasked to implement the Adam Walsh Child Protection and Safety Act. During Ms. Rogers' tenure, the Department published the National Guidelines for Sex Offender Notification and Registration, revitalized the National Sex Offender Public Website to comply with the AWA, established the International Working Group (International Megan's Law) to track sex offenders traveling internationally and created the Tribe and Territory Sex Offender Registry System. Ms. Rogers trained extensively throughout the United States on implementation of the AWA 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 managed the daily issues of the Criminal Law Division and revitalized the Navy's Criminal Litigation Track by providing expert technical assistance to front-line judge advocate generals, overseeing curriculum and training at the Naval Justice School in Newport, Rhode Island, and working with the Naval Criminal Investigative Service to evaluate 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. The Maryland Province extends through the District of Columbia, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Maryland, Virginia, West Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina and Georgia. Here, Ms. Rogers established policy for the review board process, reviewed cases of child abuse allegedly committed by Jesuit priests and assisted in establishing safe environment training for Catholic schools and volunteers.

In 2004, Ms. Rogers founded the National Institute for Training Child Abuse Professionals in McLean, Virginia. There, she provided premier training to a variety of child abuse professionals on child sexual abuse and child homicide topics. She routinely provided training at the National Child Advocacy Center in Huntsville, Alabama, as well as many nationally recognized conferences.

In 1999, Ms. Rogers joined the National District Attorneys Association's National Center for Prosecution of Child Abuse in Alexandria, Virginia, as a senior attorney. There, she trained extensively both nationally and internationally to a multidisciplinary array of child abuse professionals on issues including prosecutorial tactics, child forensic interviews, expert witness and evidentiary issues, multidisciplinary team approaches, shaken baby syndrome prosecution, investigation tactics in child abuse cases, investigation and prosecution of cases involving victims with intellectual disabilities and numerous additional topics.

Ms. Rogers began her legal career in 1988 as a criminal prosecutor for the San Diego County District Attorney's Office. There, she spent more than 10 years specializing in the prosecution of child homicide, including shaking baby syndrome and child sexual abuse. Ms. Rogers developed prosecution subspecialties for cases involving victims with intellectual disabilities and established the office's first sex offender registry prosecution unit. Ms. Rogers tried over 120 felony jury trials with a 92 percent success rate. She served on the board of the San Diego chapter of The Arc (formerly the Association of Retarded Citizens) and routinely lectured on shaken baby syndrome, child sexual abuse and cases involving victims with intellectual disabilities.

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

Ms. Rogers is the married mom of four children and one loveable dog.

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