The ICE Homeland Security Investigations Intelligence Office (HSI-Intel) is a robust intelligence force that supports the enforcement needs of ICE's executive leadership and operational field units.
Cutting edge technology, complex intelligence gathering tools, multifaceted investigative techniques and a high level of professionalism have enabled HSI-Intel to set the standard for federal law enforcement/intelligence agencies.
HSI-Intel also serves as home to the National Emergency Management Division (NEMD). This unit ensures that ICE is prepared to respond to national emergencies or critical events, including natural disasters, disease pandemics and terrorist attacks. NEMD plans for ICE's continuity of operations before, during and after catastrophic incidents. During these incidents, NEMD serves as the agency's central communications “nerve center,” coordinating the sharing of information between ICE components and other federal, state and local agencies.
HSI-Intel collects, analyzes and shares strategic and tactical data for use by DHS and ICE leadership and operational units. It also supports federal, state, local, tribal and international law enforcement partners.
HSI-Intel's analysis and targeting information plays a vital role in supporting investigations related to illegal immigration, terrorism, weapons proliferation, war crimes, financial crimes, trade fraud, drug smuggling, human smuggling and trafficking, child sex tourism and other criminal activities.
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Patricia Cogswell is the assistant director, Homeland Security Investigations (HSI), Office of Intelligence. In this capacity, Ms. Cogswell serves as the HSI assistant director of Intelligence and as the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) key intelligence officer.
Ms. Cogswell previously served as the Acting Assistant Secretary for DHS's Office of Policy Integration and Implementation, with responsibility for DHS policy in the areas of counterterrorism; screening; border and immigration; countering chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear threats; resilience; and transportation (air, marine, surface, and supply chain) security.
Ms. Cogswell served as Acting Deputy Assistant to the President for Homeland Security from June to September 2013, and Special Assistant to the President for Homeland Security and Senior Director for Transborder Security Policy from December 2010 to June 2013, both with the National Security Council (NSC) staff. Ms. Cogswell's portfolio at NSC included: Aviation, Maritime, Supply Chain and Surface Transportation; the Arctic Region; Immigration and Visa Security; Border Security and Interior Enforcement; Biometrics, Identity Management, Watchlisting/Screening; Information Sharing and Access; as well as Infectious Disease/Pandemic and other preparedness policy.
Prior to her work with the NSC, Ms. Cogswell served as the Deputy Assistant Secretary for Department of Homeland Security's (DHS) Office of Policy (Screening Coordination), with responsibility for setting policy and direction in order to harmonize DHS' screening programs and investments. These programs included DHS's immigration reform efforts, those involving screening to identify known or suspected terrorists, and the integration of biometric technologies and capabilities.
Following the creation of DHS in 2003, Ms. Cogswell served as the Chief Strategist for the DHS US-VISIT Program and as the Director for Immigration Services Modernization at U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services. Ms. Cogswell's background prior to the creation of DHS was with the former Immigration and Naturalization Service. Ms. Cogswell is an attorney, however, unlike most attorneys, Ms. Cogswell has spent her entire government career in program management and operational activities, rather than practicing law.
Ms. Cogswell received her J.D. from the College of William and Mary and is a member of the Virginia State Bar. Ms. Cogswell received her B.A. in Mathematics from the University of Pennsylvania. She was appointed to the Senior Executive Service in 2007.
HSI-Intel works closely with other ICE components to develop, analyze and share critical intelligence on key investigative priorities, including the following: