Women's History Month

ICE Celebrates Women in Law Enforcement

Women’s History Month is a celebration of women’s contributions to history, culture and society. It has been observed annually by the United States in the month of March since 1987, corresponding with International Women's Day on March 8.

In honor of Women’s History Month 2021, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) highlights the importance of the strong and courageous women who work for the agency, celebrating their contributions, accomplishments and commitment to equality in law enforcement.

In Their Own Words

Women’s History Month is a time when we honor the many women who made sacrifices so that all people have an equal shot at pursuing the American dream. In their own words, these dedicated and brave women of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) talk about their goals and what got them to where they are today:

“I know that people think often that women don’t belong in law enforcement. I completely disagree. It does require making arrests and has a physical aspect to it, but… [it’s] certainly an attainable job. And, I look at my women and men counterparts equally – something we can all accomplish successfully.” — Marlen Pineiro, Former Assistant Director for ERO’s Removal Division
"As a leader, hopefully I am able to help guide my supervisors and the agents to be better agents and to be able to go out and do their jobs better.” — Jennifer Reyes, Assistant Special Agent in Charge, HSI Los Angeles
“I think natural talent will only take you so far. There is work involved in it. I have had amazing guidance by everyone I have encountered who’s been a shooter and there is always something that you can learn from someone else and I take that to heart and use it every day.” — Nicole Shepard, Senior Field Training Officer, ERO Los Angeles
“I love the people. I love the fact that there is opportunity for continuous learning, continuous education. I just love it. I tell people all the time that if I could do it for free, I would. I love it that much.” — Aegeda Fountaine, Special Agent, HSI Houston
Updated: 10/26/2021