The location of the town of Praxedis G Guerrero in Northern Mexico.
The location of the town of Praxedis G Guerrero in Northern Mexico.
Latin America: Week in Review, Mexico

Twenty-Year-Old Police Chief Marisol Valles García Fired In Northern Mexican Town

March 8, 2011 By Staff
The location of the town of Praxedis G Guerrero in Northern Mexico.

The location of the town of Praxedis G Guerrero in Northern Mexico.

Today in Latin America

Top Story — A 20-year old woman who made headlines last year after taking over as police chief in the violent Mexican border town of Praxedis G Guerrero, was fired for not showing up for work after she received death threats.

Marisol Valles García, who was hailed as Mexico’s bravest woman last November upon taking up the post, was reported to be in the U.S. after receiving death threats. This has not been confirmed, and her whereabouts are not clear.

Officials in Praxedis G Guerrero said García Valles had asked for time off work to care for her sick baby, but had not returned on Monday. The mayor of the town attempted to contact her, but  had been unsuccessful.

The mayor said he would take over direct control of the police force. Some officials are worried that she may be in harm’s way.

“Right now Marisol needs support and one way to be supportive is to leave her in the office,” Human Rights Commission official Gustavo de la Rosa Hickerson said, according to The New York Daily News. “To fire her is to leave her completely alone.”

An unnamed relative of García Valles told The New York Post that the chief had left Mexico with her young son.

Last year García Valles become an international phenomenon when she took over the town’s police force. Her predecessor’s head was left outside the police station over a year ago and no one wanted to fill the vacancy until she came along.

“I’m doing this for my people,” she said then, according to ABC News. “This is not for me. I’m tired of all the drug violence.”

Headlines from the Western Hemisphere

North America


Central America

  • The head of a Guatemalan commission on “femicide” voiced concern Monday that the epidemic of killings of women continues unabated in the Central American nation.
  • Nicaragua’s Vice-President, Jaime Morales, joked earlier today that Costa Rica’s wait on the decision of the International Court of Justice in The Hague (ICJ) on the precautionary measures requested against Nicaragua, was “like if it were a war of the worlds.”
  • Canada’s Inmet Mining Corp said on Monday its financing plans for a copper and gold project in Panama are still viable, even after the government repealed a law key to the mine’s development.


  • A Spanish judge on Monday indicted three Basque separatists, including a Venezuelan resident, on terrorism charges for suspected roles in organizing collaboration between armed Basque separatist group ETA and Colombia’s FARC rebels.
  • Venezuelan police reported Monday that they seized 1,176 kilos (2,590 lbs.) of cocaine in an operation carried out on a private ranch in the eastern state of Anzoategui in which five people were arrested, among them one Colombian.
  • One miner died and another remains missing after inhaling toxic gases at a gold mine in Risaralda, a province in west-central Colombia, emergency services officials said.
  • A U.S. judge late Monday issued a preliminary injunction prohibiting the enforcement of a $8.6 billion judgment against Chevron Corp. over environmental damage in Ecuador’s Amazon region.
  • The lawyer for Joran van der Sloot, the Dutch national accused of killing a 21-year-old woman in Lima, Peru, last year, said Monday he has asked the court to charge his client with the lesser offense of manslaughter.

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[…] * Marisol Valles Garcia, the 20-year old Mexican single mother who’s the police chief of the town of Praxedis G. Guerreiro and is rumored to be seeking asylum in the U.S. after mounting threats to her life, has been fired from her post, according to unconfirmed reports. The brave but cautious young woman, who surprised even her relatives when she accepted the police position amid rising criminality from Mexican drug gangs, decided to flee her country following the disappearance of Erika Gandara, 28, a female officer and the sole representative of the law in Guadalupe, just up the road towards Ciudad Juarez, was kidnapped in December. Gandara’s fate is unknown. Latin Dispach […]

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