Tuesday, February 22, 2022 from 12:00 PM to 1:30 PM CST
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Pamela D. Phillips 
Program Coordinator
Prevention, Preparedness, and Response (P2R) Consortium


12:00PM to 1:30PM


Mary A. Braswell
Houston Field Office
U.S. Customs and Border Protection

Ms. Mary A. Braswell, is the Supervisory Agriculture Operations Manager (AOM) for U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP), Houston Field Office (HFO) where she oversees operations at three area ports located throughout Northern and Eastern Texas and in the State of Oklahoma including air, sea and inland rail operations. She began her career with the CBP in 2004 in Buffalo NY, has worked in DC and Seattle before arriving in Houston.

Prior to her career with CBP, she served on active duty as an aircraft mechanic in the U.S. Air Force from 1980-1988 and served in the U.S. Air Force Reserves (USAFR) deploying on four different occasions to the Middle East in support of Operation Enduring Freedom and Iraqi Freedom.  

Ms. Braswell holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology concentrating in Molecular Genetics from the University of Rochester and an Associate degree in Applied Aircraft Technology from the Community College of the Air Force.

Join us for this informative online session presented by the U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP), Office of Field Operations (OFO), and Houston Field Office (HFO).

Intended audience: Researchers, biosafety professionals, infection preventionists working in international settings, and others interested in shipping and receiving infectious substances internationally

The interception and seizure of undeclared, prohibited biological materials brought into or taken out of the United States by air passengers continue to rise.  Many of these biological material shipments do not meet Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) or United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) permitting requirements and several also did not meet Department of Transportation (DOT) packaging and labeling requirements.  Some biological materials do not require permits but do require specific, detailed statements about the biological material, and must be provided to facilitate regulatory decisions.

U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP), Office of Field Operations (OFO), Houston Field Office (HFO) began an initiative in June 2020 to strengthen outreach efforts to better educate the scientific research community on the proper procedures to follow when transporting biological materials into or out of the United States.

Additional information can be found at the CBP.GOV website using the following link:  https://www.cbp.gov/biologicals