Thelma Aldana

Guatemalan judge

Thelma Aldana or Thelma Esperanza Aldana Hernández de López (born September 27, 1955), is a Guatemalan lawyer. She became a judge in the Supreme Court in 2009. She was elected president of the Supreme Court from 2011-2011. In 2013 she replaced Claudia Paz y Paz as Guatemala’s attorney general. [1]

Thelma Aldana in 2016.


Aldana graduated from the University of San Carlos in Guatemala. She has a Master's degree in Civil and Procedural Law. [2]

Courts for violence against womenEdit

In 2011, when she was president of the Supreme Court, Aldana started special courts in Guatemala for femicide cases. Killing women, and violence against women became a crime in Guatemala. Eleven districts now have the special courts. Judges and police officers receive special gender crime training. Every year there are 56,000 reports of violence against women. [3]

Against corruptionEdit

In 2015 Aldana led an investigation into government corruption.[4] As a result, the president of Guatemala resigned. [5]


  • In 2015 Aldana won the Jaime Brunet Prize for the Promotion of Human Rights from the Public University of Navarra. the prize was for her work for women's rights, against gender violence, and for the rights of the indigenous peoples, as well as against political corruption. The prize was for 36,000 euros. [6]

Other websitesEdit


  1. "Guatemala's attorney-general". The Economist. 22 May 2014.
  2. "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2016-08-19. Retrieved 2016-03-14.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  3. "Where women are killed by their own families". BBC News.
  4. Carlos Dada (4 September 2015). "Corruption Charges Turn Guatemala Upside Down". The New Yorker.
  5. "AQ Top 5 Corruption Busters: Thelma Aldana - Americas Quarterly".
  6. EUROPA PRESS. PAMPLONA (10 December 2015). "UPNA - ​La fiscal general de Guatemala, Premio Brunet de la UPNA". zero width space character in |title= at position 8 (help)
  7. "U.S. State Department honors 14 leaders from around the world". 29 March 2016.