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Mark A. Witzal

National IPR Coordination Center, ICE / Homeland Security Investigations
Deputy Director
Washington, D. C. And Arlington, VA, USA


Deputy Director Mark A. Witzal assumed responsibility as Deputy Director for the National Intellectual Property Coordination Center, located in Crystal City, Virginia on August 1, 2011. The National Intellectual Property Rights Coordination Center (IPR Center) stands at the forefront of the United States Government's response to global intellectual property theft. The IPR Center's mission is to insure national security by protecting the public's health and safety, the U.S. economy, and the war fighters, and to stop predatory and unfair trade practices that threaten the global economy. To accomplish this, the IPR Center brings together 17 key U.S. investigative agencies and four international partners involved in the criminal enforcement of IP laws in a task force setting. This structure enables the IPR Center to efficiently and effectively leverage the resources, skills, and authorities of each participating agency and provide a comprehensive response to IP theft.

Prior to being selected by Director Morton to serve as the Deputy Director for the IPR Center, Mark served in several offices and positions. Most recently, Mark served as Deputy Special Agent in Charge for the HSI New Jersey field office. During this assignment, he was the senior operations manager in command of ICE/HSI investigations that occur within New Jersey. 

Prior to becoming the Deputy, Mark served as an Assistant Special Agent in Charge for the Public Safety Division, where he managed investigative groups that target transnational criminal organizations that are involved in the cross border smuggling of narcotics and contraband merchandise.

Mark has over 22 years of federal law enforcement experience. During his tenure as a federal law enforcement officer, Mark worked as a field investigative agent and supervisor in the area of commercial fraud, trade based money laundering and narcotics. He managed three different investigative groups for the ICE/HSI field office in New York. His specialty lies in investigating transnational criminal organizations that smuggle illegal merchandise across international borders. In addition to his experience as field agent and supervisor, Mark was assigned to legacy U.S. Customs Headquarters in Washington, DC in the Fraud Investigations Division, where he managed the Forced Labor program, and also served as an operations manager coordinating headquarters interaction with the field offices in San Diego and Seattle.

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