Laura Joyner currently serves as a Senior Inspector of the U.S. Marshals Service’s Missing Child Unit (MCU). The mission of the MCU is to develop, implement and oversee a comprehensive nationwide missing child investigative program, utilizing all available USMS investigative resources and disciplines in coordination with the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children. The MCU’s ultimate goal is to assist federal, state and local partners to recover as many missing children as possible.
Prior to joining the Missing Child Unit, Laura served as a Senior Inspector with the National Center for Judicial Security and the Office of Protective Intelligence in the Judicial Security Division. While in these roles, she instructed judicial officials throughout the world on how best to protect themselves and their families; trained and advised state, local, and international law enforcement officers on state-of-the-art judicial security tactics, techniques and procedures; and assisted districts in investigating, mitigating, and prosecuting threats against U.S. Marshals Service protected persons. Laura’s career with the U.S. Marshals began in 2009 at D.C. Superior Court.
Before her career in law enforcement, Laura worked as a Research Assistant for Abt Associates, a mission-driven, global leader in research and program implementation. She received her Bachelors of Arts degree in Criminal Justice from The George Washington University and her Master’s in Science degree in Criminology from The University of Pennsylvania.