U.S. Attorney Rosa Emilia Rodríguez-Vélez received a Masters Degree in Criminal Justice (summa cum laude) in 1974, and her Juris Doctor Degree from the Interamerican University of Puerto Rico in 1977. Two years later, in 1979, she became an Assistant District Attorney with the P.R. Department of Justice, and resigned that position in 1988 to become an Assistant U.S. Attorney.
Ms. Rodríguez was appointed U.S. Attorney by the Attorney General in June 2006 and received a presidential nomination in January 2007. On October 13, 2007, the seven judges of the United States District Court for the District of Puerto Rico unanimously appointed Ms. Rodríguez-Vélez to serve as United States Attorney for the District of Puerto Rico. On October 4, 2011, Ms. Rodríguez-Vélez was re-appointed to a new term as United States Attorney, pursuant to the unanimous vote of the Court.
USA Rodríguez has held numerous positions in the District of Puerto Rico during her 25 year career as an Assistant U.S. Attorney. She has served as First Assistant U.S. Attorney, Executive Assistant U.S. Attorney, Civil Division Chief from December 1995 to February 1997, Deputy Chief for the White Collar/General Crimes unit, Administrative Officer, and District Office Security Manager (DOSM). She has also served as HIDTA Coordinator, HIDTA Chairperson, Violent Crime Coordinator, CLE and Basic Criminal Advocacy Coordinator and Supervisor, LECC Coordinator and Supervisor, and Public Affairs Officer. During her tenure, USA Rodriguez-Velez has implemented numerous initiatives to combat drug trafficking and violent crime in Puerto Rico, including: nine (9) PSN drug strike forces responsible for over 2,400 arrests; an Illegal Firearms and Violence Reduction Initiative, responsible for over 500 arrests; and a RICO Unit to prosecute violent drug trafficking organizations.
USA Rodríguez has received numerous awards and commendation letters during her years of service from both the Puerto Rico and United States Departments of Justice, as well as from state and federal law enforcement agencies.