Executive Director Rebekah Salazar, Privacy and Diversity Office
In her role of Executive Director of the Privacy and Diversity Office, Ms. Salazar is responsible for safeguarding personally identifiable information (PII) pursuant to the Privacy Act of 1974; processing all requests for information pursuant to the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA); preventing and addressing allegations of discrimination; and implementing the U.S. Department of Homeland Security Standards to Prevent, Detect, and Respond to Sexual Abuse and Assault in Confinement Facilities.
Ms. Salazar began her career as a Border Patrol Agent with class 296 in December 1995, at the Temecula Station in the San Diego Sector. In 2000, she was promoted to Supervisory Border Patrol Agent, at the Imperial Beach Station, and later transferred to the El Paso Station. In 2005, she became an Assistant Chief, at U.S. Border Patrol Headquarters, in Washington, DC, and was assigned to the Policy Branch in the Operations, Planning and Analysis Division and the Southwest Border Operations Division.
Late in her career, Ms. Salazar served as Assistant Patrol Agent in Charge and Deputy Patrol Agent in Charge, at the Ysleta Station in the El Paso Sector; Assistant Chief Patrol Agent, in the El Paso Sector, where she oversaw Strategic Planning and Technology and Specialty Programs; and, most recently, as Patrol Agent in Charge, at the Uvalde Station in the Del Rio Sector.
Ms. Salazar also completed assignments as a Congressional Liaison in the Office of Congressional Affairs, Strategic Advisor in the Office of International Affairs, and Acting Executive Director in the Privacy and Diversity Office. Ms. Salazar is a past President of Women in Federal Law Enforcement (WIFLE). In 2010, she received the Outstanding Advocate for Women in Federal Law Enforcement Award from WIFLE.
Ms. Salazar has a Juris Doctor from Georgetown University Law Center in Washington, DC; and a Master of Science in National Resource Strategy from the Industrial College of the Armed Forces, at the National Defense University in Washington, DC. She earned a Bachelor of Arts with a dual major in Political Science and Psychology from the University of Texas at El Paso. Ms. Salazar completed the USDA Graduate School's Executive Leadership Program, the Key Executive Leadership Certificate Program at American University, and the DHS Senior Executive Service Candidate Development Program.