Laura A. Ahearn is a New York State Licensed Attorney and Social
Worker. Ms. Ahearn has stood up for the rights of thousands of child and adult victims of sexual
abuse and rape, domestic violence victims, hate crime victims, others who have been victims of
violent crime, and elderly, minor and disabled victims of property crime. She has over two decades
of experience developing, implementing, and managing crime prevention programs including child
sexual abuse and rape prevention programs, hate crime prevention programs, crime victims’
rights and advocacy programs, and programs aimed at ensuring up-to-date sex offender registries,
comprehensive community education and notification programs.
As a W. Burghardt Turner Fellow, Ms. Ahearn received her Master’s Degree in Social
Work from the SUNY Stony Brook and a Juris Doctor (J.D.) from Touro Law where she graduated at the
top of her class.
She is the founder and executive director of Parents for Megan's Law and the Crime
Victim’s Center, a not-for-profit national community and victim's rights organization. The
organization is a New York State Certified Rape Crisis Center, staffs the Suffolk County Crime
Victims Center and the National Megan’s Law Helpline. In addition, the organization provides
support services to law enforcement across the nation in their efforts to maintain an up-to-date
and accurate sex offender registry.
In addition to her role as Executive Director, Ms. Ahearn holds leadership roles such as the
Chairwoman of the Suffolk County Family Violence Task Force Legal Systems Subcommittee and the
Victims Services Representative of the Suffolk County Criminal Justice Coordinating Council. She
was also the Victims Services Representative of the Suffolk County Hate Crimes Task Force.
Recognizing a need for timely proactive violent crime victim follow-up services, Ms. Ahearn
expanded the mission of the organization to provide services to all victims of violent crime and
established the National Association of Counties award winning Crime Victim Center (CVC) Program.
The CVC transformed the delivery of crime victim services. The program provides advocacy support
services and educates violent crime victims and elderly minor and disabled victims of all crime,
about their rights, entitlements for crime victim expense reimbursement, and links victims to a
myriad of support services. The CVC serves the survivors of homicide, victims of; sexual assault,
domestic violence, assault, hate crimes, child abuse, robbery, stalking, DWI, arson, kidnapping,
human trafficking and other property and violent crime victims.
Ms. Ahearn has assisted in the drafting of and supported local, state and federal
legislation aimed at strengthening laws to protect our most vulnerable and broaden victim’s
rights. She is heavily relied upon to provide accurate, factual and pertinent information to
educate the community, government officials and the media. Ms. Ahearn has been instrumental in
developing and coordinating training for law enforcement on topics including crime victim services
and sex offender registration and notification.
Ms. Ahearn has received many awards including the New York State Senate Woman of Distinction
Award, the New York State Outstanding Victims Advocate Award, the Leadership in Establishing and
Maintaining Social Justice Award, Woman of the Year awards, Leadership in Community Education
Award, Newsday Everyday Hero, multiple legislative and citation recognition awards and has been
recognized by the U.S. Justice Department’s Office of Victims of Crime and the U.S. Congress
for her many accomplishments in strengthening local, state and federal policies and laws to protect
our most vulnerable and to give victims a voice. Ms. Ahearn works collaboratively with local, state
and federal policy and lawmakers, law enforcement, prosecutors, the community, and the media to
enhance their response to, and their understanding of victimization and the crucial role of the