In December of 2016, Wanda Vázquez Garced was nominated for the position of Secretary of Justice for Puerto Rico. She is actively working to combat corruption, improve transparency, and support survivors of crime.
Early Life and Education
Vázquez completed her BA in Social Sciences from the University of Puerto Rico and received her JD from the Interamerican University of Puerto Rico School of Law.
Vázquez began her career as a lawyer in the Legal Division of the Department of Housing. She also worked as a prosecutor at many different levels, where she dealt with cases of domestic violence, sexual offenses against minors and adults, mistreatment of minors, and violent crimes.
She has served in numerous roles including: Director of the Division Against Child, Director of the Specialized Division on Domestic Violence and Child Abuse, District Attorney of Bayamón, and the Office of Women’s Advocate.
Throughout her career as a public servant, Vázquez has been a court expert and has been recognized as “Most Outstanding Attorney” by the Department of Justice in Puerto Rico. She has also served as the Vice President of the Board of Directors for the United Nations Economic Commission for Latin American and the Caribbean, and was a sponsored postgraduate representative of Puerto Rico to the United Nations concerning “The Protection of Crime Victims.”
Secretary of Justice
Since taking office in January 2017, Vázquez has worked to modernize the Department of Justice, reorganize the Litigation Division, and support survivors of sexual assault and other violent crimes.