On July 22, 2020, the state of Parana, Brazil, awarded Diplomatic Security Service (DSS) Special Agent Adrian Diaz the Coronel Sarmento medal, the Policia Militar’s highest award, for his partnership in combating transnational crime in the tri-border region in Parana, Brazil. Col. Pericles de Matos, the commandant of the Policia Militar, virtually presented Diaz the award during an online ceremony.
For three years, Diaz served as an assistant regional security officer-investigator (ARSO-I) at the U.S. Consulate in Sao Paolo, Brazil, where he worked with Policia Militar and other law enforcement organizations to investigate, deter, and dismantle transnational criminal organizations operating in the region. ARSO-Is collaborate with foreign, international, and U.S. law enforcement and immigration officials, as well as the travel industry to stop human traffickers and smugglers, money launderers, identity thieves, cyber criminals, and others who manipulate U.S. travel documents to carry out their crimes.
In addition to his investigative work, Diaz spearheaded multiple training missions with Brazilian authorities to help tighten security in the tri-border region. For instance, he organized the first-ever U.S. Department of State Antiterrorism Assistance Program (ATA) training for Brazilian security forces that focused on strengthening the borders between Brazil, Argentina, and Paraguay. He also procured security equipment for the Brazilians through ATA grants. On many occasions, Diaz directly supported border security operations by identifying falsified travel documents and criminals attempting to cross the border.
Diaz is a native of New York City, NY. After graduating from Xavier High School, Diaz attended Clark Atlanta University in Atlanta, Ga., where he received a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice. Diaz joined DSS in 2004.
DSS has the largest global presence of any U.S. law enforcement organization, operating at more than 270 U.S. diplomatic posts in over 170 countries. The organization is responsible for investigating transnational crimes and for protecting State Department facilities, people, and information.
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