On January 27th, one week after his inauguration, President Trump fulfilled a campaign promise to combat domestic terrorism when he signed an Executive Order banning for 90 days entry by citizens from seven predominately Muslim countries, which was challenged by a federal district judge in New York, and state courts that followed suit. A revised travel ban signed by President Trump on March 6th initially ran into similar problems until June 26th when the U.S. Supreme Court upheld the ban, except for those individuals coming from the six Muslim countries who have a credible claim of a bona fide relationship with a person or entity in the US. These court decisions, however, have not impacted the travel ban's call for the introduction of a new screening process for immigrants and a revision of the refugee admission processes. During this same time, employers across the globe have continued to face various threats to their workplaces from shooting incidents to violent attacks by religious extremists, such as the recent attacks in New York, Virginia, Michigan, London, Manchester, Paris and Brussels.
Please join us as we discuss the legal and practical aspects of these critical issues and offer guidance on creating a secure working environment - while balancing the civil rights of all involved.
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Mario A. Barrera
Partner, Norton Rose Fulbright US LLP
Senior Director of Global Security, Walgreens
Responsible for the Global Security Team including Walgreens executive protection, corporate campus security, international travel monitoring,event security strategy, emergency planning and response, and Walgreens Security Operations Center.
Vice President, Government Affairs, ANDE
Jim is the vice president of Government Affairs for ANDE, a company that is seeking to change
the paradigm related to the use of DNA in law enforcement and public safety.
Previously, Jim was a principal in Public Safety Ventures, LLC, a Longmont, Colorado, based
venture capital firm focused on public safety technology. He is also the founder and chief
executive officer of Ascent Risk Solutions, LLC, a Denver-based security and risk management
Prior to starting his consulting practice, Jim served as a member of Colorado Governor John
Hickenlooper's Cabinet as Executive Director of the Colorado Department of Public Safety (CDPS)
and Homeland Security Advisor to the Governor. In that capacity, Jim led a department of over
1,600 employees and was responsible for the safety and security of those who live and play in
Colorado through direct leadership and oversight of the Colorado Bureau of Investigation, the
Colorado State Patrol, the Division of Criminal Justice, the Division of Homeland Security and
Emergency Management, the Division of Fire Prevention and Control and the Colorado School
Safety Resource Center.
Under Jim's leadership, the state successfully integrated homeland security, emergency management
and wildland firefighting into CDPS. This new structure resulted in more coordinated and effective
responses to emergencies such as the High Park, Waldo Canyon, Royal Gorge and Black Forest fires,
as well as the unprecedented flooding that occurred across Colorado in September of 2013.
Before working for Governor Hickenlooper, Jim retired after 26 years in the FBI. His last assignment
was as Special Agent in Charge of the Denver Division of the FBI and was responsible for all
investigative, intelligence and administrative operations for the FBI in Colorado and Wyoming. His
career highlights included overseeing the investigation and disruption of an al-Qaeda terrorist plot led
by Najibullah Zazi in 2009, serving as the senior federal law enforcement official for the 2008
Democratic National Convention, directing a four year undercover operation that resulted in the
conviction of over two dozen public officials and organized crime figures in Chicago and ten years
service as a SWAT operator.
Also during his time in the FBI, Jim served a total of almost two years in Iraq and Afghanistan in
support of Operations Iraqi Freedom and Enduring Freedom and the Global War on Terrorism. Jim
personally led the FBI team responsible for the initial processing of Saddam Hussein after his capture
in December 2003.
Jim has served on boards and commissions on both a state and national level. He was the Chair of
the National Governors' Association Governors' Homeland Security Advisors Council, the Colorado
Commission on Criminal and Juvenile Justice, and the Colorado Homeland Security Senior Advisory
Committee. He was a member of the US Criminal Intelligence Coordination Council and the IACP's
Committee on Terrorism. He currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Mizel Institute in
Denver and the Board of Directors of the Denver Police Foundation.
Jim holds a Bachelor's Degree in Accounting from Michigan State University and is a Certified Public
Accountant in the State of Illinois.
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