While currently serving his third term as the District Attorney for the 49th Judicial District of Texas Isidro R. “Chilo” Alaniz is a District Attorney who has implemented many successful initiatives to prevent crime and improve the quality of life for his community. He was first elected in 2008 and was inaugurated as the District Attorney for the counties of Webb and Zapata in January 2009.
District Attorney Alaniz was born and raised in Laredo, Texas. He is a 1986 graduate from J.W. Nixon High School. He obtained his undergraduate degree from the University of Texas at San Antonio, majoring in criminal justice. He was awarded the Doctor of Jurisprudence from Thurgood Marshall School of Law in 1993. In addition to being licensed to practice law in Texas, he is also licensed in the United States District Courts of the Southern and Western Districts of Texas and the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit and United States Supreme Court. Mr. Alaniz’ law enforcement career began in 1996 when he became an Assistant District Attorney. Mr. Alaniz received his specialization in Criminal Law in 2001 from the State Bar of Texas.
As the Chief Prosecutor for the people of Webb and Zapata Counties, Mr. Alaniz seeks to ensure justice for victims of crime while working diligently to educate the community, implement programs to prevent crime and improve the quality of life for his constituents.
Mr. Alaniz has focused in making Laredo one of the safest cities in Texas by working to implement a modern justice system that focuses on crime prevention and improved public safety. Since taking office in 2009, crime rate in Laredo has decreased every year due to his progressive and proactive approach to prosecution and the strong collaboration with local law enforcement.
Throughout his career, Mr. Alaniz has been successful both as a Defense Attorney and Prosecutor. During his tenure as the District Attorney, Mr. Alaniz has personally prosecuted significant cases which include: The State of Texas v. Victor Palomo in 2011, 99 years, The State of Texas v. Joseph Allen Garcia, 35 years, The State of Texas v. Jose “Lalo” Eduardo Arredondo, four life sentences and most recently The State of Texas v. Demond Dupree Bluntson, death sentence.
Under District Attorney Alaniz’ leadership, his office has established strong working relationships with the United States Marshals, United States Attorney Office, Drug Enforcement Administration, Texas Rangers, Webb County Sheriff’s Office, Laredo Police Department, United States Customs and United States Border Protection, and the Texas Department of Public Safety.
In addition to his dedication to the criminal justice system, Mr. Alaniz’ innovative ideas extend into the community as he launched the “Make the Right Call Campaign,” an initiative to deter drunk driving. He also began a successful campaign promoting gun safety to heighten awareness of the consequences when a firearm is left unsecured. Mr. Alaniz also created “Huggy the Bear,” the office mascot who gives presentations to elementary school children in order to promote drug awareness.
Two new non-profit organizations that have been created under Mr. Alaniz’ direction are the Webb County Better Community Foundation and Webb County Freedom Riders Foundation. The WCBCF seeks to raise funds for that provide educational and specialized services, as well as scholarships to underprivileged children of Webb and surrounding counties. The WCFRF provides equine therapy to children who have been victims of abuse and domestic violence.
Active in professional and community activities, Mr. Alaniz is a regular speaker at local schools, civic organizations, and conferences. He has presented at the AG’s Coastal Bend Gang Course, the radKids Children’s Safety Program, the Webb County Annual Domestic Violence Conference, the Webb County Bar Association Mock Trial Conference, the 14th Annual CAC’s It Takes a Team to Protect Our Children Conference and the 25th Annual Dallas Crimes Against Children’s Conference.
Mr. Alaniz is also a part of the following organizations: the Autism Awareness, Breast Cancer and Domestic Violence Trail Rides; the Children’s Advocacy Center and Domestic Violence Coalition Annual Conferences; the radKids, DigiKids Identification, Teens in the Driver’s Seat, and the Texas Department of Public Safety Child Car Seat Safety Programs, among others. Mr. Alaniz also supports many drug education and awareness programs throughout many schools in Webb & Zapata Counties.