Zoé Laboy Alvarado (born September 17, 1964) is a Puerto Rican attorney and public servant. Laboy served as Secretary of the Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation from 1997 to 2000. in 2016 she was elected to become a senator with the New Progressive Party (PNP) where she was the leader of the liberal wing of the party. On August 21, 2019, she was appointed as Governor Wanda Vázquez Garced's Chief of Staff.Contents
Zoé Laboy Alvarado was born September 17, 1964 in San Juan, Puerto Rico. She received her Bachelor's degree in Psychology from the University of Puerto Rico, where she graduated magna cum laude. She later completed her Juris doctor in 1991, graduating cum laude. In 1992, Laboy was admitted by the Supreme Court of Puerto Rico to practice law.Professional career: 1991–1997
From 1991 to 1997, Laboy worked for the United States Department of Justice as a legal aide in the Criminal Division of the Office of International Affairs. Then she worked as legal aide for the Federal Bureau of Prisons where she was part of the team overseeing the establishment of the Metropolitan Detention Center in Guaynabo. She also served as liaison between the Bureau and the Government of Puerto Rico.Secretary of Corrections: 1997–2000
In 1997, Laboy was appointed by Governor Pedro Rosselló as Secretary of the Puerto Rico Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation. As such, she was in charge of supervising all the correctional system of the island. During that time, she created the Department of Investigation of the Correctional System, and collaborated with municipalities for several correctional efforts. She also supervised the Administration of Juvenile Institutions, the Office of Pre-Trial Services, and others. During her time as Secretary, she also served as adviser to the Governor and the Legislative Assembly on security matters. She also was part of the Executive Committee of the High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area Program.Other career ventures
Laboy has also worked as Professor in the Faculty of Criminal Justice of the Universidad del Turabo and the Metropolitan University in Puerto Rico. Laboy has also served as senior partner for the Cintrón & Laboy law firm and is a partner of the Global Strategy Group, Inc. and the Institute for Multidisciplinary Training, Inc.Political career: 2012–present
In 2012, Laboy decided to run for the Senate of Puerto Rico with the New Progressive Party (PNP). After presenting her candidacy for the District of San Juan, she won the primary. Of the three candidates for the district, Laboy received the most votes. Despite this, Laboy was defeated at the general election 2012.
In 2016, she ran for the Senate once more, this time being elected as a Senator-at-large. She is currently the president of the Senate of Puerto Rico Committee on Social and Economical Revitalization|Social and Economical Revitalization.
Laboy voted against the controversial "Religious Liberty" law, stating she opposed it because it "opens the door to discrimination." The bill was written by her members of her party and it permits public employees discriminate base on their religious beliefs.
She develop a reputation as the most liberal senate member of her party. She is known for her feminist stances, for being pro-choice and a fierce defender of the LGBT community. Nationally, she’s a Democrat.
On August 21, 2019, Governor Wanda Vázquez Garced appointed Laboy as her Chief of Staff. While the fourth female Chief of Staff, she is the first under a pro-statehood governor.References