A Distinguished 25-Year Career in Federal Law Enforcement

James Goldman was born in Miami Beach, Florida and raised in Boston, Massachusetts. He attended public schools and Northeastern University before serving with the United States Air Force.

In August of 1978, James began his career with the former Immigration and Naturalization Service (INS) as a Border Patrol Agent with the Service's Chula Vista Sector in southern California. In 1984 he transferred to the New York District as a Special Agent. After a 3-year tenure in New York, James accepted a position as Senior Special Agent at INS Headquarters in Washington DC. As a Senior Special Agent in the nation's capital, he integrated efforts between INS and the Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force's National Program. Mr. Goldman served 3 years in this capacity, cultivating and maintaining liaisons with various federal agencies, as well as a multitude of foreign governments. In April of 1990, James accepted a position as Supervisory Special Agent in the Boston District, where he developed strong supervisory and management skills, ultimately preparing him for his next position: Assistant District Director of Investigations at the Washington District. He served 6 years in this position before accepting the Assistant District Director of Investigations position in Miami, Florida. 4 years later, Mr. Goldman was offered the position of Interim District Director for the Miami District.

Throughout his Federal Law Enforcement tenure, James Goldman has been featured as a guest speaker and lecturer in numerous forums regarding various smuggling operations, both domestically and internationally. His expertise has been featured on major media networks like CNN , Discovery Channel and The History Channel . He was also awarded the Newton-Azrak Award for Heroism in recognition of his planning and extraction of Elian Gonzalez from the home of his relatives in Miami.

Vital Statistics

President - James D. Goldman & Associates: 2003 - Present

District Director (Interim) - Miami District ICE: 2003

Assistant District Director, Investigations - Miami District INS: 1999 - 2003

Assistant District Director, Investigations - Washington District INS: 1993 - 1999

Supervisory Special Agent - Boston District INS: 1990 - 1993

Senior Special Agent - Headquarters INS: 1987 - 1990

Special Agent - New York District INS: 1984 - 1987

Border Patrol Agent - US Border Patrol INS, Chula Vista Sector: 1978 - 1984

Organizational Memberships

International Association of Chiefs of Police

International Association of Asian Organized Crime Investigators

Miami-Dade County Chiefs of Police Association

Federal Law Enforcement Officers Association


Joe Pruitt, a veteran of USAF (1974-78) and the Maryland State Police (1979-2001), has served as Road Trooper, Supervisor, Field Commander and Commander Executive Protection (Secret Service Schools) for Governor Parris Glendening and entire first family, Lt. Gov. Kathleen Kennedy Townsend, Attorney General and Comptroller. Mr. Pruitt was also Security Supervisor for TSA hiring project 2001-2002.

Paul Higdon is the former Director of INTERPOL, and is an internationally recognized authority on criminal investigations and intelligence gathering.  Before joining INTERPOL, Mr. Higdon had a distinguished 27 year career with the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency which included several significant international posts and work as a key investigator in the famed French Connection case.

Michael Wang retired from the New York City Police Department in 2002 after twenty years of service.  He retired as a Sergeant while assigned to the 110th police precinct.  Mr.Wang held numerous positions with NYPD that included assignments to the DEA drug task force and the 5th police precinct Asian Gang Unit. Mr. Wang is widely recognized for his extensive knowledge of Asian Organized Crime and street gang activity.

Hackley & Serrone, P.A. is a law firm practicing exclusively in the area of immigration law, provides a full range of immigration services, with special emphasis on corporate visas. Hackley & Serrone is known for its ability to handle complex immigration matters, and the firm's client base ranges from individuals to large corporate entities.

Bill Vancio recently retired from the U.S. Department of State, Diplomatic Security Service (DSS) after more than twenty-one years of distinguished service. During his DSS career, he was assigned as a diplomat at several U.S. Diplomatic Missions, where he was responsible for the physical, technical, information, and personal security of employees and facilities. Domestically, Mr. Vancio served as a Criminal Unit Supervisor, and Assistant Special Agent in Charge at the DSS San Francisco Field Office. He also worked in the Antiterrorism Assistance Program, where he created the Overseas Training Division, which trains and equips partner nation law enforcement and military personnel and, most recently, served as the DSS Liaison Officer to the U.S. Southern Command. He also served as a liaison officer and coordinated security for the Pan American and Cricket World Championship Games. Mr. Vancio has extensive experience with criminal and background investigations, identity fraud, dignitary protection, and counter-terrorism. His foreign languages are Spanish and Portuguese. He possesses in-depth knowledge of U.S. Embassy regulations and operations and maintains numerous contacts within STATE, Department of Defense, the private sector, and foreign government officials. Before joining DSS, Mr. Vancio worked for the U.S. Border Patrol, and was a criminal investigator for the U.S. INS.

Training / Lecturing

Mr. Goldman has lectured internationally on the subjects of Organized Crime and International Alien Smuggling in the following locations:

  • Toronto, Canada
  • Vancouver, Canada
  • Bangkok, Thailand
  • Budapest, Hungary
  • Las Vegas, Nevada
  • San Francisco, California
  • Seattle, Washington
  • New York City, New York

Testimony in Federal District Court

Mr. Goldman has been called to testify in the following Federal Court venues:

  • Southern District of New York
  • District of Massachusetts
  • District of Columbia
  • Eastern District of Virginia
  • Southern District of Florida

If you require the services of an International Investigations Firm with Global Assets and the ability to operate Worldwide, James D. Goldman & Associates can fulfill your needs!

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