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  • Contact: Sarah Matz
  • Phone: (202) 307-0703
  • TTY: (202) 514-1888



WASHINGTON – On July 30, 2008 – August 1, 2008, the Department of Justice will host its 2008 National Symposium on Sex Offender Management and Accountability in Baltimore, Md. This annual national training conference is hosted by the Department’s Office of Justice Programs (OJP), Office of Sex Offender Sentencing, Monitoring, Apprehending, Registering and Tracking (SMART). One thousand of the nation’s lawmakers, sex offender registry officials, policy advisors, law enforcement, parole and probation officers, prosecutors, and frontline professionals, who monitor, register, track and manage sex offenders are expected to attend.


Opening Ceremony Speakers
Kevin J. O’Connor, Associate Attorney General, Department of Justice
Jeffrey L. Sedgwick, Acting Assistant Attorney General, OJP
Laura L. Rogers, Director, SMART Office
Joe Garcia, President, National Congress of American Indians

Closing Ceremony Speakers
John Clark, Director, United States Marshals Service
Rod Rosenstein, U.S. Attorney, District of Maryland
Laura L. Rogers, Director, SMART Office
Ed Smart, Child Safety Advocate and President of Surviving Parents Coalition

WHat: 2008 National Symposium on Sex Offender Management and Accountability
when: Opening Ceremony:  8:45 a.m. – 10 a.m. EDT
Closing Ceremony:  Noon – 1 p.m. EDT
where: Sheraton Baltimore City Center Hotel
101 West Fayette Street, Baltimore, Md. 21201

The SMART Office was created by the Adam Walsh Child Protection and Safety Act of 2006. Since its creation, the SMART Office has provided training and assistance to establish minimum standards for sex offender registration and notification throughout the United States. To support these efforts the SMART Office has provided more than $15.8 million in grants to state, local and tribal governments. In addition, the SMART Office has hosted a number of consultations throughout the country to assist jurisdictions in their efforts to make these changes quickly and effectively.

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