Department of Justice
Executive Office for Immigration Review
||Thursday, December 13, 2012
EOIR Announces New Deputy Director
The Executive Office for Immigration Review (EOIR) today announced the appointment
of Ana M. Kocur as the agency’s Deputy Director, effective December 16, 2012. Ms. Kocur, a
career EOIR employee, has served as the agency’s Chief of Staff since September 2011.
"Ana has dedicated her career to EOIR and has always risen to the calls to service that
have come her way," said Director Juan P. Osuna. "From evaluating nuanced points of law and
managing complex operations as a senior manager for the Board of Immigration Appeals and as
the acting Chief Administrative Hearing Officer, to helping to manage the agency’s operations as
the Chief of Staff, she has contributed her considerable talents to make EOIR a better place for
staff and stakeholders alike."
In her new capacity as Deputy Director, Ms. Kocur will directly supervise the agency’s
senior staff and will be responsible for formulating and administering mission-focused policies,
agency-wide programs, and both long- and short-term goals and strategies.
Ms. Kocur received a bachelor of arts degree in 1993 from Pennsylvania State University
and a juris doctorate in 1996 from the American University Washington College of Law. From
September 2011 to December 2012, she served as EOIR Chief of Staff. From March 2011 to
September 2011, Ms. Kocur served as acting chief administrative hearing officer and counsel to
the director at EOIR. From March 2006 to March 2011, she served as a senior panel attorney and
team leader at the Board of Immigration Appeals. From 1996 to 2006, Ms. Kocur served as an
attorney-advisor at the BIA, entering on duty through the Attorney General’s Honors Program.
In 2003, she served on detail with the Office of Immigration Litigation, Civil Division,
Department of Justice. Ms. Kocur is a member of the Virginia State Bar.
- EOIR -
Office for Immigration Review (EOIR) is an agency within the Department of
Justice. Under delegated authority from the Attorney General, immigration
judges and the Board of Immigration Appeals interpret and adjudicate
immigration cases according to United States immigration laws. EOIR’s
immigration judges conduct administrative court proceedings in immigration
courts located throughout the nation. They determine whether foreign-born
individuals—whom the Department of Homeland Security charges with
violating immigration law—should be ordered removed from the United States or
should be granted relief from removal and be permitted to remain in this
country. The Board of Immigration Appeals primarily reviews appeals of
decisions by immigration judges. EOIR’s Office of the Chief Administrative
Hearing Officer adjudicates immigration-related employment cases. EOIR is
committed to ensuring fairness in all of the cases it adjudicates.