Ecuadorian Carmen Velasquez Briones became the first South American female judge who reachs the Supreme Court of the State of New York. According to local media reports in New York, the Judge won the vote by a large majority (14.3%).
The judge, who celebrated her victory in the elections in the Sabor Latino Restaurant in Queens, will take office in January. Velasquez thanked the Councilman Michael DenDekker for sponsoring her candidacy and Congressman Joseph Crowley for putting her name on the ballot.
“This has been a triumph of the entire Latino community and I thank the people who voted for me and those accompanying me tonight”, said Judge Velasquez to the media in the United States.
Carmen Velasquez was born in the capital of the Ecuadorian Republic and educated in Portoviejo. At 14, she left her native Ecuador and migrated to New York with her parents.
She worked as a cashier at several establishments. He studied at the Jon Jay University of Criminal Justice, where she graduated with honors; and thanks to a scholarship from the Council for Legal Education, she got her doctorate from the School of Law at Temple University in 1987, in Philadelphia. She was assistant to the attorney’s office in Bronx.
On November 4, 2008 she was appointed as a judge of the Civil Court of New York for the County of Queens, according to news portal newspaper El Universo.