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Marisela Morales Ibáñez is a former Attorney General of Mexico.

Marisela Morales
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Marisela Morales (left of center) at the 2011 International Women of Courage Award with Hillary Clinton (right) and Michelle Obama (left)
Attorney General of Mexico
In office
1 April 2011 – 30 November 2011
PresidentFelipe Calderón
Preceded byArturo Chávez
Succeeded byJesus Murillo Karam
Personal details
Born (1970-03-01) March 1, 1970 (age 49)
Mexico City[1]
Alma materNational Autonomous University of Mexico


She was born in Mexico City and graduated from the National Autonomous University of Mexico with a degree in law before completing a master's degree in criminal science from the National Institute of Criminal Sciences.[2] On March 31, 2011, she was appointed by President Felipe Calderón to replace Arturo Chávez as the Attorney General of Mexico.[3] Upon being confirmed by the Senate,[1] she became the 42nd Attorney General, and the first woman to hold the position.[3] Prior to her appointment to the office of Attorney General, she served as the Assistant Attorney General for Specialized Investigation of Organized Crime.[citation needed] She has been praised for her work by United States Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and First Lady Michelle Obama, and received the 2011 International Women of Courage Award.[4][5]


  1. ^ a b Simonnet, Carole (April 7, 2011). "Alistan ratificación de Morales en PGR" (in Spanish). Agencia Reforma. Retrieved April 13, 2011.
  2. ^ Attorney General of Mexico (7 April 2011). "Marisela Morales, Titular de la Procuraduría General de la República" (in Spanish). Archived from the original on 10 April 2011. Retrieved 7 April 2011. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)
  3. ^ a b Malkin, Elizabeth (March 31, 2011). "Mexico: Woman Picked to Fight Cartels". The New York Times. Retrieved April 1, 2011.
  4. ^ Llana, Sara Miller (April 1, 2011). "Mexico, long lagging in gender equality, nominates first female attorney general". The Christian Science Monitor. Retrieved April 1, 2011.
  5. ^ "Secretary Clinton To Host the 2011 International Women of Courage Awards". 2011-06-30. Retrieved 2017-03-09.