Washington, D.C.- October 10, 2013 – Guidepost Solutions, LLC recently announced that former Special Agent in Charge for Homeland Security Investigations, John P. Torres, has joined its Washington, D.C. office as a managing director. He will work closely with individuals and businesses on matters related to risk mitigation, anti-money laundering, security, the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act and intellectual property rights. In addition to his other duties, Torres will be working with the Guidepost Compliance, Federal Practice and Software Solutions division, headquartered in D.C.
“John’s extensive investigative and security experience gives him a unique perspective when providing expertise for cross-border cases, as well as for immigration and customs compliance issues,” stated Julie Myers Wood, President of the Guidepost Solutions Compliance, Federal Practice and Software Solutions division. “He’s a proven leader, and his skills will add tremendous value for our clients.”
Prior to joining Guidepost, Torres served as the Special Agent in Charge for Homeland Security Investigations in the District of Columbia and the Commonwealth of Virginia. His professional background includes more than 27 years of experience providing investigative and security management for the Department of Homeland Security and the Department of Justice.
Torres has served in numerous senior leadership roles for U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). As its Acting Director from 2008 to 2009, he oversaw 20,000 employees and a budget in excess of $5 billion. Torres also served as its Deputy Director in early 2008. Prior to leading ICE operations, he served as the Director of the Office of Detention and Removal Operations, the Deputy Assistant Director for Smuggling and Public Safety and as the Special Agent in Charge of the Newark ICE Office.
In 2009, President Obama conferred the rank of Meritorious Executive on Torres in recognition of his extraordinary leadership and management contributions to the U.S. government. In November 2008, he was awarded the Secretary of Homeland Security’s Silver Medal in recognition of exceptionally outstanding leadership and service.
Highlights of Torres’ career includes being a decorated member of an undercover investigative unit in Los Angeles in the early 1990s where he was later assigned to the Newton and Rampart divisions of the Los Angeles Police Department during its riots. In 1998, Torres was assigned to the Federal Bureau of Investigations’ Usama Bin Laden Unit. He also led an INS contingency at the 2002 Salt Lake City Winter Olympics. Throughout his career, Torres has testified on Capitol Hill, represented DHS at the Geneva Convention Against Torture and appeared before the media numerous times regarding homeland security issues.
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