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About Me

  • Date of Birth: January 18, 1990

  • Education: Centro Cultural Universitario de Ciudad Juarez, Criminology

  • Work Experience: Former Secretary of Public Security for Praxedis G. Guerrero, Chihuahua, Mexico

  • Work Experience: Former Director of Public Security (Police Chief) for Praxedis G. Guerrero, Chihuahua, Mexico

 

 

I was born and raised in Guadalupe and was raised in Praxedis G. Guerrero. Since I was a little girl, I wanted to serve the community of Praxedis. This led me to study Criminology at the Centro Cultural Universitario de Ciudad Juarez. By doing this, I knew that I would be able to serve my community some day.

I began my career serving Praxedis as the Secretary of Public Security, 4 months after former police chief Manuel Castro-Martínez was murdered. He refused to cooperate with the cartels. Because of that, in January of 2009, the cartel kidnapped him, beheaded him, and left his head at the doorstep of the police department. Because of the violence that drug cartels brought to our city, no one wanted to act as police chief. Interim police chiefs were appointed, yet after being threatened by the cartels they would resign. Some were even murdered for not cooperating with the cartel.

Nearly 2 years after the death of former police chief Castro-Martinez, I was appointed the new Director of Public Security, or police chief, for the Praxedis in October 2010. This was something that had never been done. Our plan was to use a nonviolent approach. In order to restore trust and confidence in the community, we were going to hire more female police officers (because women were seen as less threatening), and we were not going to be armed.

From my first day, I was very clear that we were not going to engage or fight the drug cartels. I told the press that it was not our job to fight them, but rather the Mexican federal government's job. I also stated that we did not want to fight them, because we were afraid of them.

My appointment as police chief recieved immense publicity. Every day I was police chief, reporters would visit the police department. At the time I was 20 years old and a woman- the youngest police chief in the history of Praxedis and probably within all of Mexico. I was proclaimed the "bravest woman in Mexico" according to the international media.

Because of my unique scenario of being police chief more people were attracted to our community in Praxedis.The media brought increased attention to Praxedis. People wanted to not only know about me, but about our community. The cartels did not like this one bit.

Because of all the attention, I started receiving threatening phone calls. I was offered the choice, like my predecessors, to either join the Cartels or my family and I would die. This is what commonly happens amongst police chiefs throughout Mexico. I suddenly noticed suspicious cars around my house, my office, and around my family's homes. One day, I received a death threat from a cartel member saying he was coming to get me. After I hung up the phone, I decided to come to the United States and seek political asylum. I realized that I was no longer safe neither in my community of Praxedis, nor in Mexico.

My first hearing in immigration court is scheduled to take place in 2013.