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CBP Announces New Boston Area Port Director

Release Date: 
April 11, 2013


Helen Sterling


BOSTON—U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Boston Field Office Director Kevin Weeks announces the selection of Helen Sterling as the new area port director for Boston. Ms. Sterling will begin her new position in Boston on April 22.

"The Boston Field Office welcomes Ms. Sterling to her new leadership role," said Director of Field Operations Kevin Weeks. "Based on her accomplishments and past distinguished positions she has held in CBP, I am confident Ms. Sterling will successfully advance the mission and goals of the area port of Boston."

As the Boston Area Port Director, Ms. Sterling will oversee operations and enforcements activities in 12 different ports of entry throughout Mass., Conn., and RI. Ms. Sterling will work to uphold CBP's primary mission of preventing terrorists or weapons of terror from entering the United States, while also fulfilling CBP's other critical functions, such as interdicting narcotic threats, apprehending criminals, intercepting pests, plant and animal diseases harmful to domestic agriculture, and enforcing import and export trade laws.

"I'm very excited about this new position and look forward to joining the Boston community," said Ms. Sterling. "It is an honor to have the opportunity to lead the Area Port of Boston into the future."

Area Port Director Sterling began her career with CBP in 1988 as a Customs Inspector at the port of El Paso, Texas, and moved through the ranks to serve in a variety of management roles fulfilling numerous critical functions.

Ms. Sterling was a supervisor and instructor at the U.S. Customs Academy, and assistant director, CBP Academy, for both Basic and Advanced Field Programs in Glynco, Ga. She also served as assistant director, Field Operations for Trade and Cargo Operations and Border Security in the Buffalo Field Office with oversight of trade, agriculture, enforcement, passenger and admissibility programs.

In addition, Ms. Sterling served as director of Operational Development Division with oversight of Integrity Initiatives and director of Incident Management Division, Office of Field Operations, CBP Headquarters, with national oversight of disaster and special security events.

As director of Incident Management, Ms. Sterling managed CBP's response to many disasters, including the 2009 Haiti earthquake, 2011 Japanese earthquake/tsunami and most recently, the response, recovery and business resumption planning and execution for Hurricane Sandy in 2012.

Ms. Sterling has a Bachelor's Degree in Business Education from the University of New Mexico, a Master's Degree in Education Foundations with a focus in Criminal Justice from Troy State University, and is a graduate of the Customs Leadership Institute through Columbia University.

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