The ICE Office of Congressional Relations (OCR) handles outreach to Congress, with a strong focus on promoting greater understanding of ICE operations, policies, programs and initiatives among members of Congress, Congressional committees and their staffs.
All Congressional liaison efforts spearheaded by OCR are conducted in close partnership with the ICE principal deputy assistant secretary's office, executive staff, division directors, field office leadership and the Department of Homeland Security.
OCR is headquartered in Washington, D.C.
OCR represents ICE to Congress through a broad variety of federal congressional liaison activities. It helps ICE leadership respond and provide information to congressional decision makers about the agency's mission and operations.
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Kathryn Christensen Mills is the assistant director of the Office of Congressional Relations, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Department of Homeland Security (DHS), Washington, D.C.
Ms. Mills leads an office that provides information to members of Congress and their staff about ICE operations, national and local programs, policies, and initiatives. In this capacity, the office is also responsible for promoting ICE's legislative agenda.
Ms. Mills previously served as the deputy assistant director in the Office of Congressional Relations. Prior to joining ICE, Ms. Mills served as senior legislative counsel to Representative Zoe Lofgren of San Jose, California. There, she handled the congresswoman's legislative matters related to homeland security, cyber security, technology, election law, and tax.
Ms. Mills was the first legal fellow at the University of Maryland Center for Health and Homeland Security (CHHS) and later served as its associate director. In that role, Ms. Mills developed and managed a DHS program to provide Continuity of Operations training nationwide. She also provided homeland security advice and worked in collaboration with a broad array of government and academic policy experts at the local, state, and federal level. Ms. Mills was recognized by the Maryland Office of the Secretary of State, Subcabinet for International Affairs, for her international outreach on homeland security issues.
Before joining CHHS, Ms. Mills served as a legal aide to Commissioner Danny L. McDonald, Federal Election Commission.
Ms. Mills is a graduate of Notre Dame of Maryland University and the University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law. Ms. Mills is a member of the Maryland Bar.