ICE Names First Public Advocate
The Department of Homeland Security’s Immigration and Customs Enforcement named Andrew Lorenzen-Strait as its first public advocate.
“While this new role will be challenging, I believe it will reap significant rewards for ICE as well as for stakeholders,” Lorenzen-Strait said. “As we work to enact significant policy changes to focus the agency’s immigration enforcement resources on sensible priorities, implement policies and processes that prioritize the health and safety of detainees in our custody while increasing federal oversight, and improve the conditions of confinement within the detention system, I will strive to expand and enhance our dialogue with the stakeholder community.”
Lorenzen-Strait will have four primary duties:
- Assist individuals and community stakeholders in addressing complaints and concerns in accordance with agency policies and operations, particularly concerns related to ICE enforcement actions that affect U.S. citizens;
- Inform stakeholders on ERO policies, programs and initiatives, and enhance understanding of ERO’s mission and core values;
- Engage stakeholders and build partnerships to facilitate communication, foster collaboration and solicit input on immigration enforcement initiatives and operations; and
- Advise ICE leadership on stakeholder findings, concerns, recommendations and priorities as they relate to improving immigration enforcement efforts and activities.