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As ICE’s Director, Sarah R. Saldaña leads the largest investigative agency within the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. Created in 2003, ICE has a budget of approximately $6 billion and has nearly 20,000 employees in 400 offices in all 50 states and 48 countries.

In this role, Director Saldaña 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.

Previously, Director Saldaña served as the United States Attorney for the Northern District of Texas. In that position,

she led a staff of more than 200 employees, including approximately 100 attorneys.

Prior to that, she served as an Assistant U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Texas, where she prosecuted a variety of criminal cases, including bank and mortgage fraud, civil rights, human trafficking and public corruption. She also served as the Deputy Criminal Chief in charge of the District’s Major Fraud and Public Corruption section. Before joining the Department of Justice, she worked in private practice and at the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, Housing and Urban Development, the Department of Labor.

Director Saldaña graduated Summa Cum Laude from Texas A&I University and earned her J.D. degree from Southern Methodist University.

Director Saldaña is the recipient of several meritorious awards and was most recently named Latina Attorney of the Year at the Hispanic National Bar Association’s 38th Annual Convention. In September 2011, Director Saldaña became Texas’s first Latina chief prosecutor.

 

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Daniel Ragsdale is the chief operating officer for the principal investigative agency in the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). Mr. Ragsdale executes oversight of ICE's 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 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, N.Y., 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 he 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.

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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.

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Thomas D. 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 is a 30 year veteran of law enforcement and has 27 years of immigration 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 in Campo, Calif., in the San Diego sector. In 1988, he became a Special Agent with the former U.S. Immigration and Naturalization Service in Phoenix, Ariz., and climbed through the ranks of 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 as the Assistant Special Agent in Charge in Dallas, Texas, and later as the Deputy Special Agent in Charge there.

In March of 2009, Mr. Homan accepted the position of Assistant Director for Enforcement at ICE Headquarters in Washington DC and was subsequently promoted to Deputy Executive Associate Director. In May of 2013, Mr. Homan was promoted to Executive Associate Director for ERO. Mr. Homan holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice and is a member of the Senior Executive Service.

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Tracey Valerio is the  Executive Associate Director, Management and Administration for the U. S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), Department of Homeland Security (DHS), Washington, D.C.

Most recently, Ms. Valerio served as assistant director of the Office of Policy for U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, Department of Homeland Security, Washington, D.C.

Previously, she served in the agency's Office of the Director. She served as special advisor to the director working on international strategy and policy and ICE's engagement with Mexico.

Prior to joining ICE, Ms. Valerio served as the Department of Justice's resident legal advisor in Mexico City and as an assistant U.S. attorney in Phoenix, where she tried federal criminal cases and appeals before the Ninth Circuit Court. She also spent several years working in private legal practice and was a law clerk for both state and federal judges.

Ms. Valerio is a member of the Senior Executive Service and holds a Bachelor of Arts in Spanish literature from Saint Anselm College and a Juris Doctorate from Arizona State University.

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Timothy M. Moynihan is the Assistant Director of the Office of Professional Responsibly (OPR), U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), Department of Homeland Security in Washington D. C.  OPR is the investigative arm within ICE responsible for identifying and reporting corruption and misconduct and ensuring program and policy compliance, security, and employee suitability.  

Mr. Moynihan utilizes a three-tiered approach involving internal investigations, office and program inspections, and background investigations and employment suitability determinations to ensure agency integrity.  Additionally, Mr. Moynihan has agency-wide responsibility for protecting against threats to employees, facilities, classified information, and communications systems.    

Mr. Moynihan began his law enforcement career as a criminal investigator with the Internal Revenue Service in 1987, assigned to the Internal Affairs Division.  In 1991, Mr. Moynihan was selected as a special agent with the U.S. Customs Service in the New York City office. During his eleven years working as a special agent, Mr. Moynihan investigated narcotics smuggling, financial crimes, and internal misconduct allegations.  In 2002, Mr. Moynihan was promoted to the Internal Affairs Special Investigations Unit in Washington D.C, responsible for investigating senior management officials, employees stationed abroad, and high profile and significant cases involving congressional or media interest. 

Since 2004, Mr. Moynihan has held various key leadership positions within OPR, including Chief of Operational Support, responsible for OPR policy, training, and case management; Chief of Investigative Support, responsible for providing national oversight and guidance for integrity investigations; Chief of Staff; and Deputy Director of OPR. 

Mr. Moynihan holds a Bachelor of Science degree with majors in criminal justice and paralegal studies.  He has been a member of the Senior Executive Service since 2007.

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Gwendolyn Keyes Fleming serves as the Principal Legal Advisor of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), overseeing the largest legal program in the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. In this role, she returns to her roots by managing a legal office comprised of nearly 1,000 attorneys and 350 administrative support specialists around the country who are charged with protecting national security and public safety before immigration courts. The Office of the Principal Legal Advisor also provides counsel to its diverse clientele of agents and officers who are responsible for the enforcement of over 400 criminal and customs laws and regulations.

Prior to joining ICE, Ms. Keyes Fleming served as Chief of Staff to the Administrator of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) beginning in June 2013 when she was appointed to this position by the President of the United States. In this capacity, she worked directly with the Administrator in overseeing the policy and management priorities of an Agency, with approximately 15,000 employees and a $8 billion budget that focused on protecting and conserving our air, water and land resources.

Ms. Keyes Fleming began her federal career when she was appointed by President Obama as Region 4 Regional Administrator of the EPA in September 2010, the first African-American to hold this position. During her tenure, the Region addressed several critical and complex regional challenges such as shepherding an agreement to protect the iconic Everglades. In addition, she led efforts to maintain and enhance the quality of work life for Region 4’s approximately 1,000 employees while effectively managing a budget of over $500 million. She also cemented Region 4’s commitment to providing environmental equity to formerly marginalized communities by finalizing the Region’s Environmental Justice Policy after nearly 10 years, instituting regular environmental justice information sessions with state partners, and empowering a crossdivisional Environmental Justice Steering Committee to strategically and comprehensively address community concerns.

Prior to her federal service, Ms. Keyes Fleming served her community on a local level. She took office as the DeKalb County (Georgia) District Attorney (DA) in January 2005. She made history as both the first African-American and the first woman ever to serve in this post. During her tenure, this office prosecuted approximately 11,000 felony cases annually. Ms. Keyes Fleming also managed and trained approximately 45 attorneys and more than 55 support personnel, and administered a $12 million budget. Prior to her election as DeKalb County DA, she served as the first African-American and first female Solicitor General.

Ms. Keyes Fleming is a New Jersey native and earned a bachelor’s degree in finance from Douglass College and she earned her law degree from the Emory University School of Law.

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