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Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives


Contact: Andrew L. Lluberes


Immediate Release

May 5, 2004


WASHINGTON – The National Association of Hispanic Federal Executives (NAHFE) today honored Julie Torres, Special Agent in Charge of the Miami Field Division of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, with its Award for Professional Achievement.

Torres, who joined ATF in 1990, is responsible for both the regulatory and criminal enforcement oversight of ATF field operations in South Florida, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. She received her award here at the NAHFE luncheon honoring Hispanic women currently serving in the highest Government Schedule, or GS-15, grade.

The honor from NAHFE is the most recent of several that Torres, 41, has received in the course of her law enforcement and military career. In 1994, then-Treasury Secretary Lloyd Bentsen named her Law Enforcement Employee of the Year. She was the first woman, first Hispanic and only second ATF special agent ever to be so honored.

In 1997, she was named Florida Law Enforcement Officer of the Year and became the first woman and Hispanic to receive the award since it was established in 1978.

Torres, who became the Special Agent in Charge in Miami this month after three and half years as the assistant special agent in charge, began her federal career in 1982 as a special agent in the U.S. Army’s Criminal Investigation Command. Among her military honors is the Army Meritorious Service Medal for her valor during the 1990 Operation Just Cause in Panama.

In addition to her work in Miami, Torres has served as a program manager in the International Enforcement Branch and International Training Branch, both at ATF headquarters, and group supervisor in the Washington (DC) Field Division.

Torres received a Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice from Florida State University and is a graduate of the FBI National Academy.