Join Women in Homeland Security to meet a WHS celebrity — Marcy Forman, current head of the Global Investigations Unit for Citi and former Director of the Office of Investigations, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement – the largest investigative arm within the Department of Homeland Security.
11:30 am – 1:30 pm
About Ms. Forman
Director Forman provided oversight to OI’s broad array of investigative authority whose primary mission is to protect the United States and its citizens by deterring, interdicting, and investigating threats arising from the movement of people and goods into and out of the U.S. In this capacity, Ms. Forman was responsible for all aspects of the ICE investigative mission to include the supervision of over 7,200 staff, 5,600 Special Agents, one hundred and fifty six (156) field offices to include twenty-six (26) ICE Special Agent-in-Charge offices; four major investigative program divisions at ICE Headquarters: National Security Investigations, Financial Investigations, Smuggling/Public Safety Investigations, and Investigative Services. Director Forman was also responsible for the Office of International Affairs, which includes 56 foreign attaché offices. She administered a budget of nearly $1 billion dollars.
Prior to assuming the position of Director of Investigations, Ms. Forman was the Deputy Assistant Director, Financial Investigations Division, for ICE. In this capacity, Ms. Forman had oversight of three specific initiatives, the centerpiece of which is Cornerstone. Cornerstone identifies the means and methods used by criminal organizations to exploit U.S. financial and trade systems. In addition, as the Deputy Assistant Director, Financial Investigations Division, Ms. Forman was responsible for more than 70 special agents and analysts located in Washington, D.C., and provided oversight to more than 400 special agents and analysts worldwide conducting financial investigations.
Ms. Forman began her law enforcement career with the former U.S. Customs Service. She has held numerous positions of authority with oversight responsibility of money laundering and financial investigations. Within the former U.S. Customs Service, she served as the Assistant Special Agent in Charge of the Money Laundering and Narcotics Unit in the Houston, Texas field office and as the Division Director for Financial Investigations in Washington, D.C. Within the federal government, Ms. Forman served as the Executive Director of Operation Green Quest, a highly successful multi-agency task force that was established immediately after 9-11 to address the threat of terrorist financing. Ms. Forman is recognized as an authority in the field of terrorist financing and money laundering by both the private and public sector.
Ms. Forman holds a Master of Science Degree in Management from National Louis University, a Bachelor of Science Degree from American University, and has completed the Senior Executive Fellowship Program at Harvard University. Prior to joining ICE, Ms. Forman served in numerous positions with the United States Customs Service. She has 26 years of law enforcement experience and has enjoyed a long and varied career serving the public in numerous capacities throughout the government.