Dr. Helen Mireles is a Retired Victim Assistance Specialist with Homeland Security Investigations -San Antonio. She provided victim assistance services to victims of human trafficking and to victims of other crimes, including but not limited to, crisis intervention, short term counseling, referral and coordination of social services nationally and internationally, facilitating U and T-visa law enforcement certification requests and continued presence parole.
She also participated in community outreach, internal and external victim education training and was a victim assistance training instructor for HSI’s International Law Enforcement Academy.
She was previously assigned to HSI’s Human Smuggling and Trafficking Unit as well as the Child Exploitation Unit for eleven years.
Prior to her HSI position, Dr. Mireles was a Supervisory Asylum Officer for over fourteen years and an Asylum Officer for three years with U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, Houston.
Dr. Mireles has also worked for the State of Texas as a Child Protective Services Specialist, Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor, and Caseworker for disabled children.
She holds a Master’s Degree in Social Work and Ph.D. in Leadership/Management studies.
Helen enjoys spending time gardening, cooking, traveling, hiking, and spending time with family and friends.