U.S. Customs and Border Protection Officer Myrna Irizarry has served for the federal government for 30 years, ten of those years as a Non-Commissioned Officer in the U.S. Army and over 20 years for U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP). Her assignments include the Honolulu International Airport in Hawaii, the Port of Laredo, Texas (Mexican border), the Port of San Juan, Puerto Rico (seaport) and the Office of International Affairs in Washington, D.C.
In addition, CBPO Irizarry has proven herself as an exceptional law enforcement officer and manager while holding the following positions:
- CBP Advisor/Deputy Commander Border Security Team #16, U.S. Embassy Baghdad, Iraq from July 5, 2010 to February 28, 2011
- CBP Representative, U.S. Embassy Bogota, Colombia from September 11, 2012 to March 19, 2013
- As the only CBP Officer accredited by the World Customs Organization (WCO) as a Customs Modernization Advisor
CBPO Irizarry’s tireless efforts and tenacity reflected in the following:
- Conducted comprehensive assessments of foreign governments, reviewed current law enforcement operations, identified systemic problems and vulnerabilities and provided corrective actions in support of effective border security practices. Recent assessments completed include Armenia, Costa Rica, Mexico, Colombia, Albania and Central America.
- Provided CBP capacity building training relating to air, land and seaport operations around the world as required by the Office of International Affairs in Washington, DC.
- Throughout her career she has provided advisory services, capacity building training and assistance in 44 countries.
- She is the senior CBP Representative in Sri Lanka and is currently assigned to the Container Security Initiative in Colombo.