Immigration and Customs Enforcement-Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) Deputy Assistant Director Scott Hatfield assumed the position of Director of the Human Smuggling and Trafficking Center (HSTC), a U.S. Government interagency intelligence fusion center, in September, 2011.
Mr. Hatfield reports to the Secretaries of Homeland Security (DHS), State, and the Attorney General through the HSTC Steering Group and is responsible for the overall management and operations of the HSTC, which gathers, analyzes, and distributes information and intelligence on human smuggling, human trafficking, and criminal support of clandestine terrorist travel.
Prior to his position at the HSTC, Mr. Hatfield was the senior HSI representative to the U.S. Africa Command (AFRICOM) from August 2009 to July 2011. In that position, he was responsible for coordinating HSI law enforcement activity with various elements of AFRICOM and the Department of Defense. Prior to that assignment, he was an HSI operations chief, responsible for managing all HSI law enforcement activities in Canada and the Caribbean.
From July 2007 to April 2009, Mr. Hatfield was the Unit Chief of Human Smuggling and Trafficking at HSI headquarters and was responsible for all programmatic aspects of HSI’s human smuggling and trafficking investigations and initiatives. From August 2004 to July 2007, Mr. Hatfield was an assistant special agent in charge in Houston, Texas, where he managed various enforcement groups, including the Human Smuggling and Trafficking unit, Narcotics Smuggling unit, and Hostage Rescue Team, and where he supervised subsidiary resident offices.
In 1997, Mr. Hatfield was stationed in Mexico and managed the legacy Immigration and Naturalization Service’s enforcement program for Latin America and the Caribbean. He was also the officer-in-charge of the Tijuana sub-office, where he was responsible for all U.S. immigration matters in Northwest Mexico. While in Mexico, Mr. Hatfield worked closely with foreign governments in combating human smuggling and trafficking, and well as other immigration related crimes.
Mr. Hatfield has extensive knowledge and experience in conducting and managing large-scale transnational intelligence-driven investigations in a foreign environment. Mr. Hatfield routinely represents the HSTC, DHS, and HSI at various international, bi-national, and multi-national discussions. He also routinely briefs congressional staffers, The White House, and foreign governments on the HSTC’s efforts to combat human smuggling and trafficking and is frequently interviewed by media outlets concerning a wide-range of migration issues.
Mr. Hatfield began his government career in 1985 with the U.S. Border Patrol in San Diego, California before being promoted in 1987 to a criminal investigator in Los Angeles, where he investigated human smuggling and trafficking cases. Mr. Hatfield holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Criminal Justice from George Mason University.