From Foster Kid to Court Judge: Xiomara Torres
It’s not everyday that you hear about incredible stories of perseverance and dedication to excellence.
Xiomara Torres, who was only nine when she first came to the United States from El Salvador, went from being an undocumented immigrant child, stuck in foster care, to serving as a judge in the Oregon Circuit Court. Her rise to such a prestigious position in the judiciary has inspired fellow playwright Milta Ortiz to write a play based on her story titled “Judge Torres.”
Torres sits in for a session with NPR’s Latino USA to share how she overcame the hurdles of the foster care system and become a judge in one of the most respected courts in Oregon State.