April Chapter Meeting
Date: April 20, 2018
Location: Legends, 6 West 33rd Street, New York, NY 10001
Guest Speaker: Angel M. Melendez, Special Agent in Charge, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) New York
Please join the NYC Chapter for our April 2018 meeting at Legends, 6 West 33rd Street, NYC. A buffet lunch will be served with on open bar serving top shelf cocktails and soft drinks. We welcome guest speaker Angel M. Melendez, Special Agent in Charge, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, Homeland Security Investigations (HSI).
Registration for individuals, groups and tables of ten can be made below at the cost of $75.00 per seat. Ticket purchases for 10, 20 and 30 will automatically reserve a table for the company. Attendees who indicate CPP status when registering online will receive a certificate at the meeting for one (1) CPP continuing education credit.
Online registration will close on April 18th!
Speaker Bio: Angel M. Melendez, Special Agent in Charge, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) New York
Angel M. Melendez is the Special Agent in Charge for the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) New York office. Mr. Melendez directs the investigative activities of over 600 investigators assigned to offices in New York City, Long Island, the Hudson Valley, and John F. Kennedy (JFK) International Airport. HSI investigations focus on transnational criminal activity including; the smuggling of people, narcotics, and cultural property; financial and cyber based crimes; intellectual property and trade fraud; sex and labor trafficking; child exploitation; immigration fraud; transnational gangs; and export enforcement.
Mr. Melendez previously served as the Special Agent in Charge for the HSI San Juan, Puerto Rico Office where he previously held the positions of Deputy Special Agent in Charge and Assistant Special Agent in Charge. In 2017, Mr. Melendez established HSI’s first Counter-Proliferation Investigations Task Force in New York, with a focus on preventing illicit procurement networks from obtaining United States military products and sensitive dual-use technology. In 2016, he launched the first airport centric Border Enforcement Security Task Force in the nation at JFK International Airport. Mr. Melendez broadened the scope of the BEST program to include investigations focused on trade and intellectual property rights violations.
As the Special Agent in Charge for San Juan, Mr. Melendez assembled a coalition of nine agencies to create the first nationwide Airport Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force at the Luis Munoz Marin International Airport in San Juan, Puerto Rico. He also directed the execution of Operation Caribbean Resilience, the DHS response to the dramatic increase in violent border crimes in Puerto Rico, resulting in the arrest of over 1,000 violent offenders and the seizure of 1,500 firearms, significantly contributing to a dramatic reduction in violent crimes. Working with key partners, he led the efforts to create the Puerto Rico Crimes Against Children Task Force, a multi-jurisdictional approach to combat internet crimes and sex trafficking that victimized children. Mr. Melendez served as the Chief of the Investigative Support Section at HSI Headquarters in Washington, DC. Regarded a subject matter expert on confidential informants and witness support programs, he authored policy that had a wide reach effect on U.S. law enforcement. In 2003, the Office of National Drug Control Policy recognized Mr. Melendez and his investigative group for the top drug interdiction investigation in the United States.
Mr. Melendez has further propelled investigative capacity building efforts by collaborating with government officials in the Middle East, South America, Southeast Asia, and the Caribbean. He has been a featured speaker at the National Advocacy Center, conducted lectures for private industry, governmental conferences and leading academic institutions. Mr. Melendez continues to be a national pioneer in the agency’s community outreach efforts by instituting the first HSI Citizens Academy and Law Enforcement Explorer Programs.
Mr. Melendez, a native New Yorker, holds a Bachelor in Business Administration from the University of Puerto Rico and attended the Senior Managers in Government Executive Program at Harvard University, John F. Kennedy School of Government. Mr. Melendez is a current member of the Transnational Crimes Committee under the auspices of the International Association of Chiefs of Police.
He is a member of the Senior Executive Service and an U.S. Army Gulf War Veteran.