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From Foster Kid to Court Judge: Xiomara Torres

Multnomah County Circuit Court Judge Xiomara Torres, third from left, meets with other new judges in September 2017. From left are Ramon Pagan, Katharine von Ter Stegge, Torres and Ben Souede.

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.

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Vivian Wang

Vivian is a travel enthusiast and food connoisseur living in New York City. Her curiosity and passion for languages and culture has taken her across eight countries over the past year. When not working, you can find her meandering in art museums or sampling food at the street markets.

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