Laura Rogers became Acting Director of the Office on Violence Against Women on June 14, 2019. Ms. Rogers was the founding Director of the Office of Sex Offender Sentencing, Monitoring, Apprehending, Registering, and Tracking (SMART) from 2007-2009, and Director again from January-July 2018. She was the Acting Principal Deputy Assistant Attorney General at the Office of Justice Programs from July-September, 2018, where she oversaw the administration of $3.2 billion in grants.
In 1988, Ms. Rogers began her legal career as a criminal prosecutor in the San Diego County District Attorney's Office. 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.
From 1999-2004, Ms. Rogers was a Senior Attorney for the National District Attorneys Association’s American Prosecutor’s Research Institute. In 2004, she founded the National Institute for Training Child Abuse Professionals and trained nationally on child sexual abuse and child homicide topics. She taught trial practice at George Mason University’s Antonin Scalia Law School and California Western School of Law in San Diego for six years, and was the director of the Navy’s Criminal Litigation Practice from 2009-2011. From 2011-15, Ms. Rogers served on the National Review Board of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, where she assisted in the revision of the Catholic Church’s Charter for the Protection of Children and Young People. From 2011-18, she was a member of the Philadelphia Archdiocese Review Board on Sexual Abuse and Pastoral Conduct.