CBP Officer and Agent Announced as 2014 Women’s Hall of Fame Inductees for Law Enforcement by Laredo Commission for Women
Patrol Agent in Charge Clara Torres and Chief CBP Officer and Public Affairs Liaison Mucia Dovalina have recently been named as inductees in the 2014 City of Laredo Commission for Women’s Hall of Fame in the law enforcement category.
The induction was announced in a media event held recently at a local bank which announced a total of 11 Women’s Hall of Fame inductees representing various categories, including arts, media and communication, education, leadership, health and human services and law enforcement.
The inductees will be invested as members of the 2014 Laredo Commission for Women Hall of Fame in a ceremony to be held on March 30 at the Laredo Civic Center. Hall of Fame members are chosen every two years.
Dovalina has amassed a distinguished 34-year law enforcement career that includes 23 years of federal service with U.S. Customs and Border Protection and the former U.S. Customs Service. She serves as a Chief CBP Officer/Public Affairs Liaison assigned to the South Texas Campaign Strategic Communications Division and as a Border Community Liaison for Laredo Port of Entry and Laredo Sector. She has been instrumental in developing a Citizens Academy program, presented a “train the trainer” course on instructional presentational skills in Cairo, Egypt and earned the Commissioner’s Award in 2004 for her role in the establishment of the Laredo Team Learning Center.
In her former life as a police officer with Laredo Police Department, Dovalina served as a detective and later as the first female patrol supervisor in LPD history. She was a state licensed peace officer and a commission-certified police instructor whose expertise in child physical and sexual abuse investigation was utilized for criminal investigations and training for rookies and detectives.
Torres has served more than 21 years as a Border Patrol agent and currently serves as Patrol Agent in Charge for the Laredo West Station and most recently as PAIC of the Intelligence Unit – breaking ground as she was the first woman to serve in this capacity in Laredo Sector. Torres has also served as an Acting Assistant Chief Patrol Agent in charge of specialized programs including San Antonio, Dallas and Freer Border Patrol stations as well as the Laredo Sector Public Affairs office. She has developed operational plans to support the Office of Intelligence, was instrumental in the establishment of the South Texas Border Intelligence Center, participated in the planning and establishment of the Rio Grande Valley Sector Border Intelligence Center and served on details with the Office of Intelligence in Washington, DC and participated in interagency operations with DEA, FBI and HSI. She also had oversight of the Laredo Sector Prosecutions and Asset Forfeiture offices, LRT Processing Center, Consequence Delivery System Unit, Detention/ERO, the Juvenile Program and Mexican Consulate matters.
In addition to their professional lives, Chief CBPO Dovalina and PAIC Torres are committed mothers, wives and family members who have been extremely active in community outreach and activities ranging from Special Olympics Law Enforcement Torch Runs to speeches to civic organizations and schools to parades for Laredo Washington’s Birthday Celebration and countless United Way Combined Federal Campaign events.
The Laredo Commission for Women has chosen to honor and commemorate that extraordinary service with induction of both women into their 2014 Hall of Fame class. Their service and commitment stands as an inspiration to many other officers and agents as role models, visionaries and true leaders worthy of emulation.