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Xiomara Colón-Rodríguez, Esq., was born in San Juan, Puerto Rico. She is an attorney with over ten (10) years of experience. She graduated Magna Cum Laude from the Pontifical Catholic University School of Law where she obtained her Juris Doctor degree in 2005. She began her professional career as an associate attorney in John F. Nevares & Associates where she developed trial experience in diverse areas of the law including but not limited to civil rights, discrimination cases, labor, employment, medical malpractice, contracts, and torts. She started her own practice in 2008. On 2010, she was appointed Legal Advisor for the Puerto Rico Government on reform and civil rights issues until 2013, when she became General Counsel and Director of Policies and Procedures for the Puerto Rico Police Department. Since 2010, she was instrumental in leading the reform efforts of the Puerto Rico Police Department, one of the largest police departments in United States, to comply with a settlement agreement that was negotiated with the United States Department of Justice (USDOJ) as part of their investigation pursuant to 42 U.S.C. Section 14141. Her input and knowledge of Puerto Rico’s police practices was vital in the negotiation of said agreement.
Among her most important accomplishments in the Puerto Rico Police Department is the creation of fourteen (14) Citizen Interaction Committees with the Puerto Rico Police which resulted in great collaboration relationships between community stakeholders of diverse backgrounds and police officers. She was also instrumental in the training on the settlement agreement, by creating training materials and providing training to instructors and more than six hundred individuals and government officials on the same. Additionally, she served an important role in the development of collaboration efforts between the Puerto Rico Police, the USDOJ, the Technical Compliance Advisor, and other government agencies. Part of her efforts resulted in the recovery of more than ten million dollars in federal funding for the Puerto Rico Police. She is fully bilingual in English and Spanish and is able to serve as both interpreter and translator. Since May 2015, she is living in Massachusetts and is a consultant for our firm. She also works as a Supervisory Legal Administrative Specialist in the Criminal Division of the United States Attorneys’ Office, District of Massachusetts.