Waldemar Rodriguez is the Associate Director of the Office of Professional Responsibly (OPR), U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), Department of Homeland Security (DHS) in Washington, D.C. Mr. Rodriguez is responsible for overseeing OPR’s efforts to ensure ICE’s organizational integrity through a multi-layered approach of security operations, inspections and detention oversight, and investigations. ICE OPR impartially investigates allegations of serious employee and contractor misconduct, as well as other wrongdoing impacting ICE personnel and operations. ICE OPR also provides senior executive leadership with independent reviews of ICE programs and operations, to ensure compliance with applicable policies, procedures, and detention standards. Additionally, ICE OPR is responsible for ICE’s personnel, physical, and administrative security programs to protect ICE personnel, facilities, classified information and security systems, against internal and external threats.
Prior to this assignment, Mr. Rodriguez was the Special Agent in Charge of ICE, Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) in El Paso, Texas. As such, Mr. Rodriguez had direct oversight of investigations, enforcement initiatives and operations targeting cross-border criminal organizations that exploit America’s travel, trade and financial systems for illicit purposes within the HSI El Paso area of responsibility. The area of responsibility for HSI El Paso comprised the 16 westernmost counties in Texas and the entire state of New Mexico, encompassing approximately 156,000 square miles of which 800 border the Republic of Mexico.
Mr. Rodriguez previously held various key leadership positions at ICE Headquarters in Washington, DC, including Deputy Assistant Director (DAD) for Homeland Security Investigations’ (HSI) Transnational Crime and Public Safety Division, DAD for HSI Domestic Operations, Acting DAD for the HSI Workforce Management Division, and Unit Chief for the HSI Workforce Management Staffing Solutions Unit.
Mr. Rodriguez began his law enforcement career in 1991 as a police officer with the Puerto Rico Police Department, where he served as a criminal investigator in the Criminal Intelligence Bureau and task force officer with the Drug Enforcement Administration. In 1997, Mr. Rodriguez entered federal service as a Special Agent with the Office of the Inspector General (OIG), Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). In 2001, he transferred to the former U.S. Customs Service as a Special Agent.
Mr. Rodriguez’ HSI field assignments include service as Group Supervisor in the SAC San Juan office, and as an Assistant Special Agent in Charge in Laredo, Texas.
Mr. Rodriguez was promoted into the Senior Executive Service in August 2011. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Social Sciences from the University of Turabo and a Master’s degree in Public Administration from the University of Puerto Rico.