U.S. flag

An official website of the United States government

Official websites use .gov
A .gov website belongs to an official government organization in the United States.

Secure .gov websites use HTTPS
A lock ( ) or https:// means you’ve safely connected to the .gov website. Share sensitive information only on official, secure websites.

  1. Home
  2. Newsroom
  3. Spotlights

Spotlights

Spotlights from the previous administrations are available in the Archive section of our website.

Date Range (Date format Ex. MM/DD/YYYY)
  • Facing the Future: CBP Hosts First Trade Summit in Anaheim
    08-03-2022 | Spotlights

    The focus was on the future at U.S. Customs and Border Protection’s first Trade Facilitation and Cargo Security Summit. Over 3,000 attendees, 1,000 on-site and more than 2,000 virtually, gathered in Anaheim, California, July 18-20, to learn more about CBP’s forward vision in a constantly changing trade environment. It was the first time CBP had hosted an in-person trade event of this magnitude since the pandemic began two-and-a-half years ago. It was also the first time the agency had combined two of its signature events—CBP’s annual trade symposium and the Customs Trade Partnership…


  • CBP Commissioner Magnus Hosts Second Public Meeting with Trade Advisory Committee
    07-06-2022 | Spotlights

    U.S. Customs and Border Protection Commissioner Chris Magnus hosted members of the 16th term Commercial Customs Operations Advisory Committee, known as COAC, as they gathered on Wednesday, June 29, for their second public meeting at CBP’s Advanced Training Center in Harpers Ferry, West Virginia. “I’m grateful to be able to convene this meeting and continue what I think is one of the most important things we can do, which is build relationships with the trade community to improve how we do enforcement, but perhaps even more importantly, facilitation,” said Magnus.

    The commissioner,…


  • U.S. Customs and Border Protection’s Office of Information Technology Adapts CBP One to Meet Afghanistan Evacuation Challenges
    06-02-2022 | Spotlights
    CBP One app screen listing 'Who You Are' IE traveler, broker/carrier/forwarder, aircraft operator, bus operator, airline pilot, commercial operators, international operations, andTSA officers, CBP One application screen

    As flights streamed out of Kabul International Airport and images of evacuating Americans and Afghan partners flooded screens across the world, the men of women of U.S. Customs and Border Protection were leaping into action to address the…


  • U.S. Customs and Border Protection’s Office of Information And Technology’s Trusted Partnership Initiative
    06-02-2022 | Spotlights
    5 images of CBP in action. From left to right OIT staff walking down a hallway, staff meeting with members of OFO and OIT, officers inspect a truck, Border Patrol vehicles parked across the road, An Air and Marine Operations plane on the tarmac at night.

    U.S. Customs and Border Protection’s Office of Information Technology’s Trusted Partnership Initiative program promotes teamwork across organizational lines, facilitating IT to operate at the speed of mission. Through regular engagement, Trusted Partner Initiative meetings…


  • U.S. Customs and Border Protection’s Office of Information Technology’s Border 5/Migration 5 (B5M5) CIO Tech Forum
    06-02-2022 | Spotlights
    Border 5 - Migration 5 banner with the words service, security, strategy and the flags of the U.S., U.K, Australia,  New Zealand, and Canada

    The Border 5/Migration 5 is a partnership between Australia, Canada, New Zealand, the U.K., and the U.S. designed to enhance international cooperation and coordination on border security. U.S. Customs and Border Protection’s Office of Information and Technology Assistant Commissioner and Chief Information Officer Sonny Bhagowalia serves as the U.S. delegation head…


  • Candlelight Vigil Shines Light on Fallen Law Enforcement
    05-16-2022 | Spotlights
    Candles light up the night The 34th Annual Candlelight Vigil on May 13 paid tribute to the 619 officers nationwide killed in the line of duty whose names were added to the
    National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial in the nation’s capital.The candles of thousands of attendees lit up the National Mall in Washington for the 34th Annual Candlelight Vigil on May 13, one of the most moving ceremonies for fallen law enforcement…
  • Valor Memorial Ceremony Recognizes Unprecedented Losses for CBP
    05-16-2022 | Spotlights
      Members of U.S. Customs and Border Protection’s Pipe and Drum Corps plays the bagpipes during the solemn Valor Memorial and Wreath Laying Ceremony at headquarters in Washington, D.C., May 12. CBP photo Members of U.S. Customs and Border Protection’s Pipe and Drum Corps plays the bagpipes during the solemn Valor Memorial and Wreath Laying Ceremony at headquarters in Washington, D.C., May 12. CBP photo

    An unprecedented year…


  • Blue Mass Opens Police Week 2022
    05-05-2022 | Spotlights
    Blue Mass image showing the attendees and color guard in St. Patrick Church on May 3.CBP Commissioner Chris Magnus, second pew center, and other law enforcement leaders watch as a joint federal and National Capital Region Color Guard present the colors at the 28th Blue Mass at St. Patrick Church in Washington, D.C., on May 3. CBP…
  • Optimism, Enthusiasm in OPR Mission Support
    04-25-2022 | Spotlights

    “It's OK to say you don't know because you're not supposed to know everything. But you must be helpful, “said U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Mission Support Specialist Anna Cruz.

    CBP Mission Support Specialist Anna CruzMission Support Specialist Anna Cruz

    Cruz is responsible for providing support, guidance, and expertise for the Office of Professional Responsibility (…


  • CBP Commissioner Magnus has First Public Meeting with New 16th Term Trade Advisory Committee in D.C.
    04-08-2022 | Spotlights
    CBP Commissioner Chris Magnus has first public meeting with COACCBP Commissioner Chris Magnus delivers his
    opening remarks at the March 31 COAC meeting
    held in Washington, D.C. From left, Treasury
    Deputy Assistant Secretary Timothy Skud, CBP
    Commissioner Chris Magnus, CBP Acting
    Executive Director Office of Trade Relations
    Valarie Neuhart, and CBP Executive Assistant
    Commissioner of Field Operations Pete Flores.
    Photo by Glenn Fawcett

    A spirit of cooperation was the…


  • Planting Seeds: A Special Agent’s Call to Law Enforcement
    04-01-2022 | Spotlights

    The seeds that blossomed into U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Special Agent David Chin’s decade-long career in law enforcement were planted long before he ever joined the agency. “I really have always wanted to go into law enforcement,” said Chin, who has been with the CBP Office of Professional Responsibility (OPR) Investigative Operations Directorate (IOD) for just over a year.

    But while Chin’s passion for law enforcement has deep roots, it is CBP’s emphasis on nurturing interests outside of work that he likes best. “I’m happy to be with CBP,” Chin said. “It’s very family…


  • Protecting Integrity Through Investigation
    03-24-2022 | Spotlights

    Special Agent Kelly Berwanger relies on her more than 20 years of federal service to protect the integrity of the U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) workforce. In her position within CBP’s Office of Professional Responsibility (OPR), she is responsible for investigating allegations of corruption, misconduct, and mismanagement, ensuring compliance with all relevant CBP-wide programs and policies, and executing CBP’s internal security and integrity awareness programs.

    Being a special agent is rewarding but challenging work, said Berwanger. She takes special care on the job to…


  • Super Performance
    02-15-2022 | Spotlights
    A counterfeit Super Bowl trophy intercepted for intellectual property rights violations.A counterfeit Super Bowl trophy was intercepted for intellectual property rights violations before Super Bowl LVI. The real Super Bowl trophy is
    one of the last things CBP scanned before the big game. Photo by Mani Albrecht  

     

    It was an exciting matchup watched ‘round the world, as the Los Angeles Rams and Cincinnati Bengals and battled to an exciting 23-20 finish, in favor of the Rams. While the…


  • CBP International Trade Analyst Combats Forced Labor
    01-28-2022 | Spotlights

    From social distancing to antigen to PPE, the pandemic has changed our everyday vocabulary. Add to the list another new household term: global supply chain.

    Whether it’s gloves stitched in Malaysia or tomatoes grown in Mexico, each year trillions of dollars of consumer products rely on the global supply chain - the worldwide system through which businesses produce and distribute goods and services — and which comprises hundreds of millions of workers who continue to be affected by the pandemic. But this global supply chain, along with the multitude of problems that may beset it and…


  • Intelligence to Attaché: A CBP Career Path Story
    01-27-2022 | Spotlights

    The path to becoming a U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) attaché is rarely conventional. As CBP Attaché Paul Posner put it, “Being an attaché requires a specific combination of knowledge, skills, and abilities.” However, each attaché has a unique journey to success.

    Posner is the Regional Attaché for the Rome, Italy, Area of Responsibility. He serves as the senior diplomatic representative in the region and is responsible for promoting CBP programs, capabilities, and priorities in 11 countries in Southern Europe. Now, in his third year in the position, Posner would like…


  • Michael Ferguson — Turning Valleys Into Peaks
    01-06-2022 | Spotlights

    The first thing to know about Michael Ferguson, an information specialist with U.S. Customs and Border Protection’s Office of Information and Technology, is that he is a reader. If you ask him to describe the core ideas that inform his worldview, you’re likely to hear a favorite passage from something he’s read, recited by heart.

    About weathering the ups and downs of a 30-plus-year career, for example, Ferguson quotes from Spencer Johnson’s “Peaks and Valleys”: “You change your valley into a peak when you find and use the good that is hidden in the bad time.” Ferguson’s ability to…


  • During Valor Memorial Ceremony, CBP Remembers Those Lost in Line of Duty
    10-18-2021 | Spotlights
    On Oct. 15, U.S. Customs and Border Protection  honored 23 employees who died in the line of duty at the Woodrow Wilson Plaza in Washington, D.C.  in a ceremony held during National Police Week.    Photo by Jaime RodriguezOn Oct. 15, U.S. Customs and Border Protection 
    honored 23 employees who died in the line of duty
    at the Woodrow Wilson Plaza in Washington, D.C. 
    in a ceremony held during National Police Week.  
    Photo by Jaime Rodriguez

    Twenty-three names read aloud. Twenty-three…


  • Candlelight Vigil Ceremony Remembers Fallen Heroes
    10-15-2021 | Spotlights
    U.S. Department of Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas addresses thousands of law enforcement personnel, family, and friends who attended the 33rd Annual Candlelight Vigil held on the National Mall in Washington, D.C., on Oct. 14, 2021. U.S. Department of Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas
    addresses thousands of law enforcement personnel, family, and
    friends who attended the 33rd Annual Candlelight Vigil held  on the
    National…
  • First Year, Five Classes, Just Getting Started
    09-30-2021 | Spotlights
    New Border Patrol Processing Coordinators have Early Impact on Operations Border Patrol Processing Coordinators in training camp​Border Patrol Academy Chief Jason Owens speaks to the
    graduating class and leads them on the traditional cover
    run to celebrate their achievements.

    After completing 36 training days and 288 training hours, the fifth class of the U.S. Border Patrol Processing Coordinators (BPPC) proudly received their badge and credentials on Sept. 21, 2021 excited for what they just…


  • CBP’s Second Virtual Trade Week Focuses on Partnerships
    08-02-2021 | Spotlights
    CBP Acting Commissioner Troy A. Miller welcomes attendees to CBP’s second Virtual Trade Week, held July 20-22.CBP Acting Commissioner Troy A. Miller welcomes
    attendees to CBP’s second Virtual Trade Week,
    held July 20-22. 
    Photo Credit: U.S. Customs and Border Protection

    As America continues to recover from the COVID-19 pandemic, U.S. Customs and Border Protection hosted its second Virtual Trade Week, July 20-22, bringing its industry and…


  • Cherri King: Leading a Movement
    07-23-2021 | Spotlights

    As the nation's largest federal law-enforcement agency and an employer of more than 63,000 Americans, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) is poised to help lead the movement toward equity in the U.S., striving daily to recruit and hire a workforce that reflects the diversity of the population it serves.

    Cherri King, an HR correspondence analyst“Do I feel like I’ve been accepted?” says
    Cherri King. “Not everywhere. But you get to
    a point in…
  • OFO’s 3L Alliance Program: Retaining and Advancing CBP’s Female Officers
    07-01-2021 | Spotlights

    3L Alliance LogoAlmost two years ago, U.S. Customs and Border Protection’s Office of Field Operations (OFO) wanted to understand ways to better attract, retain and advance female officers. Leadership found that female officers thrived when they had visible female leadership, mentorship and support systems.

    These insights inspired the creation of OFO’s Law Enforcement, Leadership, and Legacy (3L) Alliance Program. The 3L Alliance Program creates a space for female…


  • International Relations Specialist to CBP Attaché: A Career Path Story
    07-01-2021 | Spotlights

    Have you ever wondered how you can become a U.S. attaché, serving your country while working overseas? For U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Attaché Amy Cloud, becoming an International Relations Specialist (IRS) paved the way.

    CBP Attache Amy Cloud(CBP) Attaché Amy Cloud

    Cloud gained valuable experience as an IRS, leading to further exciting opportunities such as helping create the first border police in Costa Rica. She also visited every Central American country…


  • CBP Acting Commissioner Miller Hosts Last COAC 15th Term Trade Advisory Committee Meeting
    06-29-2021 | Spotlights
    A container ship is docked at the port of Seattle in Washington stateThe U.S. borders have remained open for legitimate
    trade during the coronavirus pandemic. Above, a
    container ship is docked at the port of Seattle in
    Washington state.

    Photo by Jerry Glaser, CBP file photo

    As the first days of summer began to unfold, the 15th term of Customs and Border Protection’s trade advisory committee came to a close. Members of the Commercial Customs Operations Advisory…


  • From Land to Sea: A Law Enforcement Officer’s Journey to AMO
    05-24-2021 | Spotlights

    Since his first ride-along with a local police department, Supervisory Marine Interdiction Agent Cleon Arrington was hooked on law enforcement. By the age of 22, he was pinning on a badge and wearing his passion for protecting his community. His love of safeguarding and serving others encouraged him to start his own security company as a side hustle, which gained the attention of U.S. Customs and Border Protection.

    Arrington was originally contacted by a Border Patrol recruiter and found himself in short order at the Border Patrol Academy, where he began to hear about Air and Marine…