Christopher A. Santoro
Acting Assistant Director
Christopher A. Santoro was appointed as an assistant chief immigration judge in March 2012. From July 2015 through January 2016, he served as deputy chief immigration judge (acting). Prior to becoming chief of staff, Judge Santoro oversaw operations in 11 immigration courts, new immigration judge training, and intergovernmental and external affairs. Judge Santoro received a Bachelor of Arts degree in 1991 from Tufts University and a Juris Doctor in 1994 from the Boston University School of Law. In May 2017, Judge Santoro retired as the chief trial judge for the U.S. Air Force Reserve after nearly 30 years of active and reserve duty, including more than 10 years as a military trial judge and deputy chief judge, four years as an associate judge on the U.S. Air Force Court of Criminal Appeals, and assignments as senior regional prosecutor and appellate counsel. From 2009 to 2011, he served as special advisor for Enforcement and Removal Operations, Immigration and Customs Enforcement, Department of Homeland Security (DHS). From 2005 to 2009, Judge Santoro served in leadership roles in the Office of Inspection, Transportation Security Administration, DHS, including deputy director, senior advisor, and counsel. From 2001 to 2005, Judge Santoro was a trial attorney in the Criminal Section, Civil Rights Division, Department of Justice. From 1988 to 1995, Judge Santoro served as a patrol officer for the Wolfeboro, New Hampshire, Police Department. Judge Santoro is a member of the Colorado, District of Columbia, and New Hampshire Bars.