PHILADELPHIA — A Philadelphia U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) special agent has received the Women in Federal Law Enforcement (WIFLE) Outstanding Federal Law Enforcement Employee Award for her outstanding work at HSI.
HSI Special Agent Emily Evans, originally from Pittsburgh, received the prestigious award in late August at WIFLE's annual leadership training conference in Washington, D.C. WIFLE Inc. is a non-profit organization working to promote general equity in federal law enforcement. In April, managers were asked to nominate deserving HSI Philadelphia personnel for a number of WIFLE award categories. She is one of five women in law enforcement who received the award.
"SA Evans is a dedicated, top-notch HSI special agent and very deserving of the WIFLE award," said John P. Kelleghan, special agent in charge of HSI Philadelphia. "Since joining HSI, Special Agent Evans has consistently diligently worked to bring child predators to justice."
SA Evans works at Philadelphia HSI's child exploitation unit, and is responsible for Operation Predator investigations, an international initiative to protect children from sexual predators. She has been with HSI since 2007. Prior to HSI, she worked as an analyst at the National Center For Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC) from 2002-2007. She is a graduate of Ohio State University.
Since the launch of Operation Predator in 2003, HSI has arrested more than 10,000 individuals for crimes against children, including the production and distribution of online child pornography, traveling overseas for sex with minors, and sex trafficking of children. In fiscal year 2013, more than 2,000 individuals were arrested by HSI special agents under this initiative.
HSI Philadelphia has had two national award winners recognized at past WIFLE ceremonies.