USCIS District Director Phyllis A. Coven will play a very important role at the conference. She will lead a discussion outlining a new collaborative strategy for deterring and combating immigration fraud and the unlawful practice of law. The dialog will focus on identifying opportunities for community organizations, legal providers and government actors to work together in streamlining referrals for investigation and prosecution, enhancing consumer education and outreach to prevent fraud, and identifying available resources for consumers to get legal assistance.
USCIS Director Alejandro Mayorkas selected Ms. Coven to serve as the USCIS Los Angeles District Director in April 2012. Ms. Coven brings nearly two decades of immigration expertise. She came to USCIS from U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement where she served as the Deputy Assistant Director of the Office of Detention Policy and Planning from September 2009 to December 2011. Prior to that, Ms. Coven served on a special assignment from the Department of Homeland Security to the International Organization for Migration in Geneva and Africa (2005-2009), and the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees in Geneva (2002-2004).
Ms. Coven began her Federal career as a Deputy Associate Attorney General at the U.S. Department of Justice responsible for the immigration portfolio from 1993 to 1995. She was also the Director of the INS Office of International Affairs from 1995 to 1998. One of her major achievements was serving as the lead policy and operations official responsible for implementing the successful reform of the U.S. Asylum System. Ms. Coven has extensive overseas work experience, including serving as Officer in Charge of the INS Office in Johannesburg, South Africa (1998-2001) and as Field Office Director of the USCIS office in Amman, Jordan (2008-2009).