Katharine Sullivan, a former Colorado judge with a year under her belt at the Justice Department, was appointed Monday to a top agency position that normally goes to an assistant attorney general, reports Courthouse News Service. As she heads to the Office of Justice Programs (OJP), Sullivan departs the DOJ’s Office on Violence Against Women, where she has served as acting director since January 2018. Sullivan served previously as a state judge and prosecutor in Colorado. The Office of Justice Programs administers programs like the Crime Victims Fund and awards grants for criminal justice initiatives, while overseeing the Bureau of Justice Statistics and the National Institute of Justice. It is typically led by an assistant attorney general, but President Trump has not nominated anybody to that position, which requires Senate confirmation. Since October 2018, OJP has been headed by Principal Deputy Assistant Attorney General Matt Dummermuth.
“Katie Sullivan has been an energetic and great leader of the Office on Violence Against Women and I am confident she will bring the same enthusiasm to the Office of Justice Programs,” said Attorney General William Barr. As a state judge, Sullivan heard 45,000 cases and founded an adult intensive supervision probation program. Taking over at the Office on Violence Against Women will be Laura Rogers, now director of the Office of Sex Offender Sentencing, Monitoring, Apprehending, Registering and Tracking (SMART). A former Navy attorney, Rogers has worked on the Philadelphia Archdiocese Review Board on Sexual Abuse and Pastoral Conduct and on the National Review Board for the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops. Barr called her “a pioneer in developing the sex offender registration and notification systems that today deny known sex offenders anonymity and help keep children and adults safe across America.”