December 1, 2021 - Guidepost Solutions, a global leader in compliance, investigations, monitoring, and security consulting, announced the appointment of Laura L. Rogers as a managing director in its Washington, DC office. Rogers is an experienced subject matter, policy and legal expert on physical and sexual abuse and homicides of women and children. She will support the company’s growing Institutional Integrity Practice targeted at providing practical advice, guidance and investigatory support to faith-based organizations, higher education institutions, K-12 school systems, hospitals, not-for-profits, and other institutions.
“Laura has dedicated her life’s work to fighting for survivors of abuse and prosecuting offenders. Joining Guidepost is a natural progression of her career,” said Julie Myers Wood, CEO of Guidepost Solutions. “Her decades of frontline criminal justice experience and leadership will benefit our clients in need of investigative, compliance and remediation solutions on sensitive matters.”
Immediately prior to joining Guidepost, Rogers was Principal Deputy Director and the Acting Director of the Office on Violence Against Women at the US Department of Justice. She provided strategic leadership on more than 750 federal grant funding awards and criminal justice issues that impacted federal and state laws and policies; advised senior level governmental officials, federal stakeholders, and NGO’s; and was a senior advisor to the US Attorney General and senior level department officials. She also was the Acting Principal Deputy Assistant Attorney General of the Office of Justice Programs where she was appointed by the President to establish the Office of Sex Offender Sentencing, Monitoring, Apprehending, Registering and Tracking (SMART).
Prior to her service with the Department of Justice, Rogers was a Deputy Director of the Criminal Law Division for the Center of Litigation, Training and Community of Practice at the US Department of the Navy, Office of the Judge Advocate General. She developed and implemented policy and guidance involving military justice litigation; shaped training for all Navy/Marine/Coast Guard Judge Advocates on the investigation and prosecution of sexual assault; and provided legal counsel on military justice procedures, rules, tactics and strategies in child sexual/physical abuse and child homicide cases.
In 2004, Rogers founded The National Institute for Training Child Abuse Professionals in McLean, Virginia. She delivered hundreds of trainings, nationally and internationally, for criminal justice professionals on child sexual and physical abuse, exploitation, and homicide and was the primary legal trainer for National Child Advocacy Center, FBI, APSAC, and the US Navy. Rogers developed her expertise during her tenure at The American Prosecutor’s Research Institute’s National Center for Prosecution of Child Abuse and at the San Diego County District Attorney’s Office as a Deputy District Attorney where she began her career journey fighting for and representing survivors of child abuse and homicide victims and prosecuting offenders. She won 92% of 120 felony jury trials and founded the Sex Offender Registration project.
Rogers also served on the National Review Board for the Protection of Children and Young People; a committee created by the US Conference for Catholic Bishops. She was the founding chair of the Maryland Province of the Society of Jesus Review Board on Sexual Abuse and Pastoral Conduct.
Rogers received a Juris Doctor from California Western School of Law and a Bachelor of Arts in English from Santa Clara University.