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Senior Official Performing the Duties of the Director
Tae D. Johnson
Senior Official Performing the Duties of the Director

Tae D. Johnson is the Senior Official Performing the Duties of the Director for U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). Prior to this appointment, Mr. Johnson served in the role of the ICE Deputy Director.

Mr. Johnson executes oversight of ICE’s day-to-day operations, leading approximately 20,000 employees including more than 7,000 criminal investigators in Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) and 6,000 officers in Enforcement and Removal Operations (ERO).  Mr. Johnson administers operational and mission support personnel assigned to more than 400 domestic and international offices and oversees an annual budget of over $8 billion. 

Prior to this assignment, Mr. Johnson served as Deputy Executive Associate Director for ERO. In this role, Mr. Johnson was responsible for the oversight, direction, and coordination of ERO in its mission to protect the homeland through the arrest and removal of aliens who undermine the safety of our communities and the integrity of our immigration laws. Mr. Johnson managed a budget of approximately $4.4 billion and lead an organization of more than 7,900 employees assigned to 24 ERO field offices and six headquarters divisions, in more than 200 domestic locations and 25 overseas locations.

Prior to this position, Mr. Johnson served as the Assistant Director for ERO’s Custody Management Division, which provided policy and oversight for the administrative custody of about 40,000 detainees daily and roughly 500,000 detainees annually, at approximately 250 facilities nationwide.

Mr. Johnson began his federal career in Salisbury, Maryland, in 1992 with the former Immigration and Naturalization Service (INS) as a co-op student trainee. Over the past 28 years, Mr. Johnson performed many front line, supervisory, and management functions within INS and ICE.

Mr. Johnson transferred to ICE headquarters in 2007 where he served as detention and deportation officer, Unit Chief, Chief of Staff, and Special Assistant among other positions prior to becoming the Assistant Director for ERO’s Custody Management Division.

Mr. Johnson holds a Bachelor of Science in Accounting from Salisbury University. He is a member of the Senior Executive Service.

Senior Official Performing the Duties of the Deputy Director
Matthew C. Allen
Senior Official Performing the Duties of the Deputy Director

Matthew C. Allen is currently the Senior Official Performing the Duties of the Deputy Director at U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE).  Mr. Allen executes oversight of ICE’s day-to-day operations, leading approximately 20,000 employees including more than 7,000 criminal investigators in Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) and 6,000 officers in Enforcement and Removal Operations (ERO). In this role, Mr. Allen oversees operational and mission support personnel assigned to more than 400 domestic and international offices and administers an annual budget of over $8 billion.

Prior to assuming his current position, Mr. Allen served as the Acting Executive Associate Director for HSI.  HSI is the principal investigative component of the Department of Homeland Security, responsible for investigating, disrupting, and dismantling transnational criminal organizations and terrorist networks that threaten or seek to exploit the customs and immigration laws of the United States. HSI’s workforce consists of approximately 10,400 employees, including special agents, criminal analysts, mission support personnel and contract staff assigned to over 220 offices throughout the United States and over 50 countries around the world. 

Mr. Allen has served in many critical leadership roles within HSI headquarters, including the Deputy EAD, the Assistant Director (AD) for Domestic Operations, and the AD for HSI’s Investigative Programs Divisions.  In these positions, Mr. Allen was responsible for the daily operational oversight of HSI’s investigative activities, the supervision of HSI’s Special Agents in Charge, the executive management of all of HSI’s investigative disciplines, and the administration of HSI’s case support services, special agent training, victim assistance programs, and tactical response programs. 

From 2008 until 2016, Mr. Allen served as the SAC for HSI Phoenix, one of the largest domestic field offices within HSI.  Mr. Allen had oversight of the full spectrum of HSI’s investigative and operational activities in the State of Arizona and led more than 500 personnel assigned to offices in Phoenix, Tucson, Douglas, Nogales, Sells, Casa Grande, Yuma and Flagstaff.

Mr. Allen completed a previous headquarters tour between 2004 and 2008, during which he served as the Deputy Assistant Director of the Financial, Narcotics and Public Safety Division and as the Deputy Assistant Director of the Critical Infrastructure and Fraud Division. In these roles, Mr. Allen was responsible for the programmatic oversight of HSI’s financial crime, drug smuggling, human rights violations, public safety/gangs, human smuggling, human trafficking, worksite enforcement, commercial fraud, intellectual property rights, and document and benefit fraud investigative portfolios. 

Mr. Allen has an undergraduate degree in Criminal Justice from the John Jay College of Criminal Justice in New York, New York.

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Chief of Staff
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Henry Lucero
Henry Lucero
Executive Associate Director, Enforcement and Removal Operations

Henry Lucero is the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Enforcement and Removal Operations (ERO) Executive Associate Director. In this role, Mr. Lucero leads ERO in its mission to protect the homeland through the arrest and removal of aliens who undermine the safety of our communities and the integrity of our immigration laws. He is responsible for a budget of approximately $4.4 billion and leads more than 7,900 employees assigned to 24 ERO field offices and headquarters, in more than 200 domestic locations and 25 overseas locations.

Prior to his current position, Mr. Lucero served as ERO’s Acting Deputy Executive Associate Director where he oversaw the execution of ERO’s interior immigration enforcement operations.

Mr. Lucero has held numerous other leadership positions within ICE including Assistant Director for Field Operations, Field Office Director for the Phoenix, San Antonio and Washington Field Offices, Deputy Assistant Director for the Headquarters Compliance Enforcement Division, Unit Chief for the ERO Criminal Alien Program Operations Unit, and National Program Manager for the Human Smuggling and Trafficking Unit.

Mr. Lucero started his federal career in 1993, proudly serving as an enlisted soldier in the U.S. Army. He has more than two decades of federal law enforcement experience. He began his law enforcement career as a Border Patrol Agent with the former U.S. Immigration and Naturalization Service before being selected as Senior Patrol Agent. Subsequently, Mr. Lucero transitioned to the ICE Office of Investigations, serving as both a Special Agent and Senior Special Agent.

Mr. Lucero is a recipient of the ICE Director’s Award for International Achievement and the ICE Assistant Secretary’s Award for Protecting the Homeland. He received the Director’s Award in 2014 for the implementation of initiatives that resulted in a total cost avoidance of more than $75 million annually. He received the Assistant Secretary’s Award in 2007 for his work on a major investigation that resulted in multiple felony convictions and a criminal forfeiture of $4.7 million.

Mr. Lucero has been a member of the Senior Executive Service since 2012. He holds a Master of Science in Management from Johns Hopkins University and a Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice from National University. Additionally, Mr. Lucero has been an adjunct professor of management and leadership courses at the undergraduate level.

Acting Executive Associate Director
Patrick J. Lechleitner
Acting Executive Associate Director, Homeland Security Investigations

Patrick J. Lechleitner is currently the Acting Executive Associate Director for Homeland Security Investigations (HSI).  HSI is the principal investigative component of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), responsible for investigating, disrupting, and dismantling transnational criminal organizations and terrorist networks that threaten or seek to exploit the customs and immigration laws of the United States. HSI’s workforce consists of over 10,000 employees, including special agents, criminal analysts, mission support personnel and contract staff assigned to over 220 offices throughout the United States and over 50 countries around the world. 

Prior to this position, Mr. Lechleitner served as the Assistant Director for HSI’s International Operations Division.  In this role,  Mr. Lechleitner was responsible for administering a budget of more than $160 million and the operational oversight of 80 offices in 53 countries.  With over 400 special agents and support personnel assigned to U.S. embassies, consulates, and Department of Defense liaison offices around the globe, HSI’s international footprint is DHS’s largest investigative presence abroad.   

Throughout his career Mr. Lechleitner has served in several key leadership positions for HSI.  Mr. Lechleitner was formerly the Special Agent in Charge for HSI Washington, D.C., where he was responsible for all HSI investigations and field operations in the District of Columbia and the State of Virginia.   At HSI headquarters, Mr. Lechleitner previously served as the Acting Assistant Director for the National Security Investigations Division as well as the Deputy Assistant Director overseeing HSI’s Cyber Crimes Division.  

Prior to becoming a special agent with the U.S. Customs Service and then HSI in Philadelphia, PA, Mr. Lechleitner was a Fairfax County Police Officer.  Before starting his law enforcement career, Mr. Lechleitner was a member of the U.S. military, where he served as a U.S. Navy signals intelligence specialist supporting national security interests.  

Mr. Lechleitner holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology from George Mason University in Virginia, a Master of Arts degree in Criminology from St. Joseph’s University in Philadelphia, and a Graduate certificate in Executive Leadership from American University in Washington, D.C.  He is a member of the Senior Executive Service and a Senior DHS Fellow. 

Executive Associate Director, Management and Administration, Staci Barrera
Staci Barrera
Executive Associate Director, Management and Administration

Ms. Staci A. Barrera is the Executive Associate Director (EAD) for Management and Administration (M&A) for U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). M&A oversees ICE's budget, expenditures, accounting and finance, procurement, human resources and personnel, workforce recruitment, equal employment opportunity, information technology systems, facilities, property and equipment needs. In addition, Management and Administration identifies and tracks the agency's performance measurements.

Prior to this assignment, Ms. Barrera – a member of the Senior Executive Service – served as Assistant Director for U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) Mission Support, where she has acted as the primary advisor to the HSI EAD on all administrative and management matters since January 2008. In that capacity, she was also responsible for a budget of more than $2 billion (from multiple sources) and approximately 150 employees.

In addition to Ms. Barrera’s HSI responsibilities, she also accepted two detail assignments: Acting Deputy EAD for M&A (July 2017 to October 2017) and Acting Human Capital Officer (October 2014 to September 2015). In both those detail assignments, Ms. Barrera demonstrated strong leadership, sound judgement, and expertise in overseeing a myriad of administrative programs supporting an ICE workforce of nearly 20,000 employees around the world.

Ms. Barrera has more than 26 years of government service. Prior to joining ICE in 2008, Ms. Barrera held a number of key leadership positions in the federal government. She served in the Department of Justice’s (DOJ) Executive Office for the Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force (OCDETF) program, first as Associate Director and then as the Deputy Director, overseeing OCDETF’s national efforts, including budget, strategic planning and performance activities, the Attorney General’s Consolidated Priority Organization Target list, the State and Local Overtime program, and the Strike Force program. Ms. Barrera was also responsible for spearheading OCDETF’s efforts to create the OCDETF Fusion Center (OFC), a multi-agency, intelligence center focused on supporting drug and money laundering investigations.

Ms. Barrera holds a law degree from Georgetown University Law Center and a Bachelor’s of Science degree in criminal justice from Northeastern University.

Associate Director, Office of Professional Responsibility, Waldemar Rodriguez
Waldemar Rodriguez
Associate Director, Office of Professional Responsibility

As the Associate Director of the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Office of Professional Responsibility (OPR), Mr. Rodriguez is responsible for OPR’s efforts to ensure ICE’s organizational integrity through a multi-layered approach of investigations, security operations, inspections and detention oversight. He leads a unique organization that is equal parts law enforcement and security, internal affairs and inspections, and a vital service provider to ICE’s workforce, stakeholders and leadership. He is also the ICE Chief Security Officer.

Mr. Rodriguez strongly believes in his teams’ ability to meet and exceed mission requirements by anticipating needs and adapting to change. He cultivates a climate of respect and diversity of ideas to advance the organization, and values agility, honesty, courage and resolve. To promote a common vision and shared values, he challenges the status quo and strategically drives results and innovation, by developing and involving people in the decisions that impact their work. Mr. Rodriguez consistently mentors, advises and coaches others within and outside his organization, while he strives to develop his own skills and gain new perspectives.

Mr. Rodriguez has led enterprise-wide, intensive reviews of all OPR programs, each of which have resulted in significant organizational transformation that has modernized and enhanced OPR’s service to stakeholders within and outside of ICE. Among other accomplishments, these efforts have led to the development and deployment of the first ever Inspection and Detention Oversight case management system, the creation of mission-specific workload staffing models and performance reporting dashboards, as well as comprehensive resources to improve operational performance and mission support within and outside OPR.

Mr. Rodriguez entered the Senior Executive Service in 2011 and has over 29 years of law enforcement experience. He is a member of the International Association of Chiefs of Police, where he serves as ex-officio member of the Police Standards, Ethics and Image Committee and has helped develop model policies to improve policing globally. Mr. Rodriguez holds a Bachelor of Arts in Social Sciences and a Master of Public Administration.

Prior to OPR, he was the Special Agent in Charge of ICE Homeland Security Investigations in El Paso, Texas; in that capacity, he was responsible for operations throughout West Texas and New Mexico. Mr. Rodriguez began his law enforcement career in 1991 as a Puerto Rico Police Officer, working as a criminal investigator in the Criminal Intelligence Bureau and task force officer with the Drug Enforcement Administration. In 1997, he began his federal service as a Special Agent with the Office of the Inspector General, Federal Emergency Management Agency. In 2001, he transferred to the former U.S. Customs Service.

Trasviña
John D. Trasviña
Principal Legal Advisor

No Biography Available.

Última actualización: 01/07/2021