Angel M Melendez

Special Agent in Charge
ICE Homeland Security Investigations, NY
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 400 Special Agents and 190 Task Force Officers assigned to offices in New York City, Long Island, the Hudson Valley, and John F. Kennedy (JFK) International Airport, regarding trans-national criminal activity including; narcotics smuggling; financial crimes; cyber-crimes; intellectual property and commercial fraud; human smuggling and 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. He has also held the positions of Deputy Special Agent in Charge and Assistant Special Agent in Charge for Financial Investigations in San Juan. 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 secured Department of Homeland Security (DHS) approval to establish the first airport centric Border Enforcement Security Task Force (BEST) at JFK International Airport. He broadened the scope of the BEST program to include trade enforcement and intellectual property rights investigations. In 2012, while in Puerto Rico, Mr. Melendez developed and directed the execution of Operation Caribbean Resilience, the DHS response to the dramatic increase in violent border crimes. Due to Mr. Melendez’s innovative approach, this operation resulted 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. He served as the Chief for the Investigative Support Section at HSI Headquarters in Washington, DC. He is a subject matter expert on issues related to confidential informants and witness support programs in addition to authoring policy in areas directly impacting internal and external law enforcement stakeholders. Mr. Melendez was also a DHS voting representative on the State Department Narcotics Awards Committee. In 2003, as a Supervisory Special Agent, he and his investigative group were recognized by the Office of National Drug Control Policy for the top 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 developing the first Citizens Academy and Law Enforcement Explorer Programs. Mr. Melendez 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 a Gulf War Veteran