Thomas S. Winkowski was appointed the acting director for U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) on March 16, 2014.
As ICE's acting director, Mr. Winkowski leads the largest investigative agency within the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. Created in 2003, ICE has a budget of $5.6 billion and has nearly 20,000 employees in offices in all 50 states and 48 foreign countries.
In this role, Mr. Winkowski advances ICE's mission to promote homeland security and public safety through the criminal and civil enforcement of approximately 400 federal laws governing border control, customs, trade and immigration.
Mr. Winkowski brings deep law enforcement and customs-related experience to the job, having filled various positions of leadership during his nearly four decades with U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) and its predecessor agencies, including as acting commissioner.
Mr. Winkowski has worked side-by-side with ICE personnel while managing CBP's mission. As the deputy commissioner, Mr. Winkowski oversaw the daily operations of CBP's 60,000-employee workforce. Mr. Winkowski also served as assistant commissioner in CBP's Office of Field Operations where he managed the largest division within CBP.
Prior to his service at CBP headquarters in Washington, D.C., Mr. Winkowski served as the director of Field Operations in Miami from 2002 to 2007, as well as port director in Miami and the Los Angeles International Airport.
Mr. Winkowski joined the U.S. Customs Service in 1975 as a cooperative education student. Upon graduating from Boston's Northeastern University in 1978, he was assigned to Los Angeles where he became a customs inspector.
Mr. Winkowski's service has been recognized by multiple presidents and administrations, including being awarded the Meritorious Presidential Rank Award by President Bush in 2004 and the Distinguished Executive Presidential Rank Award by President Obama in 2009.Close
Daniel Ragsdale is the chief operating officer for the principal investigative agency in the Department of Homeland Security. Mr. Ragsdale executes oversight of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement's (ICE) day-to-day operations, leading approximately 20,000 employees including 7,000 criminal investigators in the Office of Homeland Security Investigations and 6,000 officers and agents in the Office of Enforcement and Removal Operations. Mr. Ragsdale administers operational and mission support personnel assigned to more than 400 domestic and international offices and oversees an annual budget of almost $6 billion.
Prior to this assignment, Mr. Ragsdale served as the executive associate director for Management and Administration. As ICE's chief management officer, he was responsible for assisting ICE's director and deputy director in effective and efficient management of the business operations of ICE.
Mr. Ragsdale joined the former U.S. Immigration and Naturalization Service's General Counsel Office in 1996 and served as an attorney in New York, New York, as well as Tucson and Phoenix, Arizona. He also served as a special assistant U.S. Attorney in the Criminal Division of the U.S. Attorney's Office for the District of Arizona. Mr. Ragsdale joined ICE's headquarters legal team in 2006 as chief of the Enforcement Law Division where is was responsible for providing legal advice to ICE’s law enforcement programs. In 2008, he moved to the Office of the Director as a counselor to the ICE director.
He received an undergraduate degree from Franklin and Marshall College and a J.D. from Fordham University School of Law. Mr. Ragsdale is a member of the New York and New Jersey Bars.Close
Peter T. Edge is the executive associate director of Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) for U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). ICE is the largest investigative arm of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS). HSI consists of more than 10,000 employees, consisting of 6,700 special agents, who are assigned to more than 200 cities throughout the U.S. and 47 countries around the world. As the director, Mr. Edge has direct oversight of ICE's investigative and enforcement initiatives and operations targeting cross-border criminal organizations that exploit America's legitimate travel, trade, financial and immigration systems for their illicit purposes. This includes the investigation of financial crimes; bulk cash smuggling; narcotics smuggling and trafficking; human smuggling and trafficking; commercial trade, fraud and intellectual property right crimes; cyber crimes and the exploitation of children; immigration and document and benefit fraud; human rights violators; transnational gang activity; and weapons smuggling and export enforcement. To accomplish this mission, Mr. Edge administers a budget of more than $2 billion and is responsible for strategic planning, national policy implementation and the development and execution of all operational initiatives.
Prior to assuming his current position, Mr. Edge served as the deputy associate director for HSI, ICE, Washington, D.C.; and before that, Mr. Edge served as the special agent in charge in the HSI Newark office. He supervised a cadre of special agents responsible for investigating and enforcing more than 400 customs and immigration laws, including narcotics, financial and trade, gang, intellectual property rights, human smuggling and child pornography investigations.
During the transition to the Obama administration, Mr. Edge served as the acting director of the Office of Congressional Relations at ICE headquarters in Washington, D.C. Prior to that, he served as acting deputy special agent in charge of the New York HSI office, where he was responsible for more than 400 ICE personnel and six assistant special agents in charge. Edge also oversaw the El Dorado Task Force and the New York High Intensity Financial Crimes Area in New York. Previously, he served as the assistant special agent in charge of the Immigration Division and acting deputy special agent in charge at John F. Kennedy (JFK) International Airport while in New York.
At JFK International Airport, he supervised internal conspiracy investigations, as well as financial and trade investigations. Prior to being assigned to the New York office in 2005, Mr. Edge served as a national program manager and Department of Defense liaison in the Strategic Investigations Division at ICE headquarters. He was also assigned as a congressional fellow with the Senate Appropriations Committee and served as a congressional liaison within the ICE Office of Congressional Relations.
Mr. Edge is a 25-year law enforcement veteran who began his career as an investigator in the Essex County Prosecutor's Office in New Jersey. He has held numerous leadership positions on state, local and federal law enforcement task forces and has extensive experience conducting narcotics, money laundering, and commercial fraud and corruption investigations.Close
Thomas Homan is Executive Associate Director for Enforcement and Removal Operations (ERO), U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), Department of Homeland Security (DHS), Washington, D.C.
Mr. Homan oversees an operational budget of nearly $3 billion and a staff of nearly 8,000 ERO employees assigned to 24 Field Offices, 165 Sub-offices, 12 overseas locations, and ICE Headquarters. As Executive Associate Director of ERO, Mr. Homan has direct oversight of critical ICE programs and operations to identify, arrest, detain, and remove illegal aliens from the United States.
Mr. Homan is a 30 year veteran of law enforcement and has 27 years of immigration enforcement experience. With a Bachelor's Degree in Criminal Justice, he began his career as a Police Officer in New York. In 1984, he became a United States Border Patrol Agent assigned within the San Diego Sector, before joining the former U.S. Immigration and Naturalization Service (INS) in 1988 as a Special Agent in Phoenix, Arizona. Mr. Homan climbed through the ranks at INS to become Supervisory Special Agent and Deputy Assistant Director for Investigations.
In 1999, Mr. Homan became the Assistant District Director for Investigations (ADDI) in San Antonio, Texas, and three years later transferred to the ADDI position in Dallas, Texas. Upon the creation of ICE, Mr. Homan was named Assistant Special Agent in Charge in Dallas, Texas, and later, Deputy Special Agent in Charge there.
In March 2009, Mr. Homan accepted the position of Assistant Director for Enforcement at ICE Headquarters and was subsequently promoted to Deputy Executive Associate Director. In May 2013, Mr. Homan was promoted to Executive Associate Director for ERO. Mr. Homan is a member of the Senior Executive Service.Close
Radha Sekar is the executive associate director of Management and Administration and the chief financial officer for U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE).
Ms. Sekar oversees accounting and finance, budget, facilities and engineering, and asset management. Prior to joining ICE, she was the assistant deputy undersecretary for financial management for the undersecretary of defense comptroller. In this capacity, she served as the senior advisor and assistant to the undersecretary of defense comptroller, responsible for maximizing synergies and capabilities both within the Office of the Undersecretary of Defense Comptroller and defense-wide. Ms. Sekar has an extensive background in developing and implementing new and re-engineered business processes, defining and implementing business rules that lead to statutory compliances and commercial best practices, developing financial management policies and implementing business application systems that support them. She has more than 20 years of experience practicing these principles in the public and private sectors. As the assistant deputy chief financial officer for the Department of Defense, she supervised department-wide financial improvement and audit readiness efforts, developed and implemented financial management regulations and policies, prepared the Department of Defense's quarterly and annual financial statements and was responsible for the overall financial management improvement efforts of the Department of Defense. Ms. Sekar is a leader in defining and developing C4ISR-compliant technical and functional business enterprise architectures. She is a past partner at IBM Business Consulting Services and PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP.
She is a graduate of State University of New York at Buffalo with a Master of Business Administration degree and a bachelor's degree in computer science. She is also a charted accountant (similar to a certified public accountant) in India and holds a bachelor's degree in mathematics from University of Madras, India.Close
Peter S. Vincent is the Principal Legal Advisor and Senior Counselor for International Policy for the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS), U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE).
Mr. Vincent joined ICE as the Principal Legal Advisor in May 2009. As the Principal Legal Advisor, he oversees the largest legal program in DHS. Mr. Vincent supervises over 1,000 attorneys and an additional 450 legal and mission support specialists who represent ICE in removal proceedings before immigration courts and the Board of Immigration Appeals. In addition, he advises ICE's numerous enforcement components on issues ranging from customs law to Fourth Amendment search and seizure issues.
In his role as Senior Counselor for International Policy, Mr. Vincent advises the Office of the Director on issues related to the formulation and execution of the agency's international diplomatic engagement.
In July 2002, following a successful career as a litigator in private practice, Mr. Vincent joined the former Immigration and Naturalization Service. He later served on the National Security Litigation Team in the San Francisco Office of the Chief Counsel for ICE. As a trial attorney, he represented the government in immigration proceedings involving terrorists and individuals who provided material support to foreign terrorist organizations. In addition, Mr. Vincent advised the local Joint Terrorism Task Force on issues relating to counterterrorism and foreign counterintelligence.
In November 2006, Mr. Vincent was appointed to serve as the U.S. Department of Justice's (DOJ) assistant judicial attaché at the U.S. Embassy in Bogotá, Colombia. In December 2008, he was promoted to judicial attaché. In those capacities, Mr. Vincent advised DOJ, the U.S. Department of State, and various law enforcement and intelligence-gathering agencies on matters concerning extradition, terrorist organizations, and narco-trafficking. During his tenure at the U.S. Embassy, he coordinated nearly 500 extraditions to the United States, including the extradition requests for dozens of high-profile leaders of designated foreign terrorist organizations such as the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC), the National Liberation Army (ELN), and the United Self-Defense Forces of Colombia (AUC).
In November 2011, Mr. Vincent was named as the Acting Director of the agency's International Operations. With attachés in 75 offices in 48 countries, including 7 combatant commands, International Operations is the largest international investigative component within the DHS. Mr. Vincent served as Acting Director through July 2013.
Mr. Vincent graduated with high honors from the University of California at Berkeley with a Bachelor of Arts degree in political science. He received his law degree from the University of Virginia School of Law where he served as the editor-in-chief of the Virginia Journal of International Law.Close
Timothy Moynihan is assistant director for the Office of Professional Responsibility (OPR), U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), Department of Homeland Security (DHS), Washington, D.C.
Timothy Moynihan has been employed with the United States government for more than 23 years. Prior to entering law enforcement, he received a Bachelor of Science degree in criminal justice and paralegal studies. Upon graduation, Mr. Moynihan accepted a position as a criminal investigator with the Internal Revenue Service, Office of the Regional Inspector in New York City. In 1991, he was selected for a special agent position with the U.S. Customs Service. From 1991 through 2001, he was assigned to offices in the New York City metropolitan area conducting narcotics smuggling and financial crimes investigations. He was also assigned to the U.S. Customs Service Office of Internal Affairs.
In 2002, Mr. Moynihan received a promotion and assignment to the U.S. Customs Service, Office of Internal Affairs, Special Investigations Unit, in Washington, D.C. In this position, he investigated allegations of criminal and administrative misconduct involving GS-15 employees and above, employees stationed in foreign offices and specific requests by the ICE Assistant Secretary or the U.S. Customs and Border Protection Commissioner.
Since 2004, Moynihan has held a variety of headquarters management positions, including chief of the Operational Support Unit, responsible for directing OPR's policy, training and case management programs, as well as chief of the Investigative Support Unit, where he was responsible for providing guidance and national oversight for all OPR workforce integrity investigations. In September 2007, Mr. Moynihan was appointed to the position of deputy director. In December 2009, he was appointed as the assistant director for OPR where he leads its four-fold mission of workforce integrity investigations, personnel security, inspections and security management.Close