WIFLE-Enews   Volume 3 Issue 1

Message from the 2007 WIFLE President
By Catherine Sanz, Director, Mission Support, Office of Investigations, Immigration and Customs Enforcement

Dear Colleagues:

Welcome to 2007. It seems like just yesterday that I was the WIFLE agency representative for U.S. Customs and today I am pleased to be the WIFLE  President. 

When I first started a career path in the late 70’s, the only thought I had then was surviving. I looked around me and could find no women role models to turn to for help. I spent more than half my career figuring out by myself how to be a good cop and agent. It wasn’t until the second half of my career that a mentor came into my life, and then it was a few years before I realized I was being mentored. While I often felt like I was being picked on, I now know my mentor was pushing me out of my comfort zone.

My mentor died a little over a year ago, before I received my last promotion. I think she would have been proud of me. She was particularly found of the Robert Frost poem that spoke about taking the road less traveled and how that had made all the difference. She not only believed it but lived by it. I think all mentors travel that same road. They are the people in your profession that recognize your talent long before you do. They are the ones that volunteer you for those horrible and great assignments without you knowing about it. They are your defender when you mess up. They are the ones responsible for constantly putting you to the test, never letting you slack off, never cutting you a break, never accepting a mediocre performance. Then one day, you don’t need your mentor to show you the way; you know the way and then it’s your turn to find someone to guide down the road. I find myself looking at younger personnel in a different light. I look at their talents, their potential, their ability to make decisions, and their ability to make decisions based on what is good for the case, or the agency, or the mission. Very few of us come by those qualities innately. They are developed over time. You have to practice making decisions and you need somebody behind and beside you to help lead your way. You need a mentor! Everybody needs one or two in their lives.

In case you think only women need mentors, let me tell you about a conversation I had with a few of my male special agents who were asking me about WIFLE. They wanted to know how many members there were, what type of training do we offer, and could men join and attend the conferences. I told them that men do join WIFLE and do attend conferences. As we talked, I found that men, too, need networking and mentoring in the workplace. And I learned that men, too, are looking for someone to help them along the way. 

Belonging to organizations or groups or having friendships that support you are an important part of life. In 2007, I would challenge each of you to join WIFLE and bring a friend. I guarantee you will find someone who is trying to figure out the balancing act of law enforcement career and the demands of motherhood. Or, someone who is struggling through the middle of their career and wondering if they are going to survive it. Or, someone struggling with that final decision – when is it time to retire and what next. Maybe, you will be the luckiest of all and your mentor will find you. WIFLE is one of the things that brought my mentor and me together. And each WIFLE member, female and male, has the potential to mentor others coming along our same paths.

Your decision to pick law enforcement as a career makes you part of a very small group of people. Our experiences are unique. The goals of WIFLE are to provide you a forum to speak out; to help you become an agent of change and move the federal law enforcement profession forward; to give you insight into what may lie ahead; and, to be a resource as you move through your career and help others through theirs, just to name a few.

June 26, 2007, 9:00 a.m. to June 28, 2007, 5:00 p.m.
Westin Mission Hills Hotel and Conference Center, Rancho Mirage, California

Come join WIFLE for three days of leadership training in beautiful Rancho Mirage, California, from June 26-28, 2007 (travel days – Monday, June 25 and Friday, June 29). A highly motivating series of workshops and speakers are planned that will focus on the development of leadership skills, policy, and excellence in government. WIFLE training emphasizes core competencies for supervisors, managers, and the senior executive leadership level. Also on the agenda are workshops on combating human trafficking, money laundering, domestic violence in law enforcement, forensic science, and useful information about the Thrift Savings Plan. 

Register early for the conference! Everyone registering by April 30 will be eligible for a special raffle of the book, “The Speed of Truth – The One Thing That Changes Everything,” by Stephen M. R. Covey, CEO. Mr. Covey is one of the featured speakers at the conference. Twenty copies of the book will be awarded in the raffle. 

The registration fee for the conference is $475 prior to April 30, and $525 after that date. WIFLE has negotiated a conference room rate for attendees of $89 at the Mission Hills Hotel and Conference Center. Rooms will sell out quickly, so you will need to make reservations soon. For your convenience, the hotel provides shuttle service from the Palm Springs Airport. Please contact the hotel for information on shuttle costs and arrangements.

WIFLE is also planning the annual Julie Y. Cross Memorial Golf Tournament for Monday, June 25, and will post scheduling and golf registration information on the conference website as soon as it is finalized. All proceeds from the tournament benefit the WIFLE Scholarship Program.

For further details on the conference agenda, registration, awards nominations, and scholarship application process, see the links below. Note that award nominations and scholarship applications must be received no later than COB Tuesday, May 1, 2007.

Please share information on the training, awards, and scholarships with your colleagues. WIFLE leadership looks forward to meeting you at the upcoming Eighth Annual Leadership Training Conference. See you in Rancho Mirage!

On January 17, 2007, WIFLE, the European Police Organization (EUROPOL), and the National Center for Women and Policing hosted an informative, day-long Human Trafficking Seminar at EUROPOL offices in Washington, D.C. Seventy-five registrants attended the seminar representing U.S. law enforcement, non-governmental organizations, and police attached to various embassies. 

(Henny De Valk, Marcy Forman & Margaret Moore)

Henny DeValk, EUROPOL Attache, and Margaret Moore, WIFLE Executive Director, welcomed participants to the seminar. Opening remarks and an overview of the growing global problem of human trafficking were presented by John Bruton, European Union Ambassador to the United States, and Marcy Forman, Director, Office of Investigations, U.S. Immigration & Customs Enforcement (ICE). Both speakers stressed the difficulties for law enforcement in making cases against highly organized, criminal human trafficking groups and the importance of expanding information-sharing among agencies world-wide. 

(Steve Harvey, Marcy Forman & Margaret Moore)

Additional seminar topics throughout the day included:

• Trafficking in Human Beings: A EUROPOL Perspective, First Officer Steve Harvey, EUROPOL.
• Reducing Demand in the United States, Professor Donna M. Hughes, Ph.D., Women’s Studies Program, University of Rhode Island.
• An Overview of the Human Smuggling and Trafficking Center and Cyber Crimes, Center Director Brian Michael, U.S. Department of State, and Program Manager Christina Fernandez, National Center for Missing and Exploited Children.
• Non-Governmental Agencies – A Vital Component in Trafficking Investigations and Prosecutions, Executive Director Joy Zarembka, Break the Chain Campaign, and Program Development Director Marc Levin, Free the Slaves.

Following the seminar wrap-up, an informal wine and cheese reception for participants was hosted by EUROPOL.

March 5 and 6, 2007
Federal Law Enforcement Training Center, Glynco, GA

On March 5 and 6, 2007, the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center (FLETC) will host a Women’s History Month event at its facility in Glynco, Georgia. WIFLE Executive Director Margaret M. Moore has been invited by FLETC to address the gathering on the history and status of women in federal law enforcement. Executive Director Moore and Deputy Executive Director Monica Rocchio will also be holding a recruitment drive at the FLETC student center.

May 13 - 19, 2007
Sponsored by the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Foundation

The 19th Annual Candlelight Vigil will be held at the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial on Sunday, May 13, 2007. Sponsored by the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund (NLEOMF), the event will begin at 8:00 p.m. at the Memorial grounds, located at Judiciary Square, on the 400 block of E Street, NW, Washington, DC. A reading of the names newly engraved on the Memorial follows the ceremony. Everyone is welcome to attend; no tickets are required. 

National Police Week preliminary events include:

Tuesday, May 8:   12pm – 13th Annual Blue Mass
Friday, May 11:      8am-1pm – 50 Kilometer Relay Race
Saturday, May 12:  2pm – Police Unity Tour Annual Ceremony
                           7pm – TOP COPS Award Ceremony
Sunday, May 13:   11am – 11th Annual Law Enforcement Ride

Information on these and other events can be found at: www.nleomf.com/calendar

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National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund
Senior Special Agent Julie K. deMello, Peace Corps, Office of the Inspector General Chosen

NLEOMF Officer of the Month – December 2006

The National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund (NLEOMF) selected Senior Special Agent Julie K. deMello of the Peace Corps Office of the Inspector General as Officer of the Month for December 2006.

Since March 1961, the Peace Corps has dispatched more than 182,000 Americans to 138 countries to teach and assist citizens in developing nations in the cause of peace. In December 2004, SSA deMello, armed with 15 years of law enforcement experience, began her service with the Peace Corps Office of the Inspector General, coordinating investigations and prosecutions of violent crimes against volunteers in the Inter-Americans and Pacific Islands region.

Before the ink on her credentials was dry, SSA deMello was dispatched to South America to coordinate the re-investigation of a long-missing Peace Corps volunteer. This high profile case, for which Congressional hearings had already been held, required that SSA deMello navigate the professional, diplomatic and political minefield surrounding the investigation. Ultimately, hers was the first comprehensive investigative report on the case that had previously been investigated by more than half a dozen U.S. and host nation law enforcement agencies. Also, just prior to concluding her investigation of the missing volunteer, SSA deMello was asked to coordinate the investigation and prosecution of a particularly vicious sexual assault on a volunteer by a known drug dealer. 

SSA deMello began her law enforcement career in 1989 with the Columbia (MO) Police Department. In 1995, she joined the Drug Enforcement Administration, performing a variety of investigative activities, including undercover, physical, and electronic surveillance. SSA deMello is a member of the Federal Law Enforcement Officers Association and the Liaison Officers Association.

Women in law enforcement are making great achievements every day and being recognized for them. We look to highlight awards and actions that showcase the fine efforts of WIFLE members and others in law enforcement. If you have examples or events of interest to readers of WIFLE-Enews, please forward them to wifle@comcast.net. We will try to include them in future Enews if space permits. For instance, the information above concerns the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund (NLEOMF) selection of a women special agent as December 2006 Officer of the Month.

Armed Forces Special Agents Association (AFSAA)

WIFLE works closely with many associations who serve the interests of those in federal law enforcement. The Armed Forces Special Agents Association (AFSAA) is one such organization. AFSAA represents current and former military members credentialed as uniformed services special agents who perform duties identical to those of civilian federal law enforcement officers. These include members of the Air Force Office of Special Investigations (OSI), the Army Criminal Investigation Command (CID), and the Coast Guard Investigative Service (CGIS). 

AFSAA has been officially incorporated in the District of Columbia and is now looking to generate awareness of the organization. The major objective of AFSAA at this time is support of an effort to allow armed forces special agents who subsequently enter the federal civil service to be able to obtain law enforcement retirement credit under 5 U.S.C. 8336 (c) for up to five years of such military service. For further information, you can contact AFSAA by writing to Armed Forces Special Agents Association, P.O. Box 13001, Arlington, VA 22219.

Profiles of Women in Federal Law Enforcement

Profiles of WIFLE members are posted on the WIFLE website. Check out “WIFLE Voices Corner – Stories from Women in Federal Law Enforcement” at http://www.wifle.org/voicescorner.htm and read about Allison Hanley, National Canine Program Officer for the U.S. Customs and Border Protection, and June E. Cvechko, Management and Program Analyst for the Federal Bureau of Investigation. 

Consider sending your profile – in your own words – to WIFLE@comcast.net

• Please remember to visit the WIFLE store for merchandise at www.WIFLEStore.com. All proceeds from the sale of merchandise benefit the WIFLE Scholarship Program.

• Don’t forget to update WIFLE with your changes of address, email, etc. We want to make certain that you receive all WIFLE bulletins and information.

• For those who are looking to change positions/agencies with the Federal Government, don’t forget to check the job vacancies on the WIFLE website at http://www.wifle.org/careercorner.htm or www.usajobs.gov on a regular basis.



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