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Raja Rajeswari, first Indian-American woman judge of New York

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At the age of 43,Indian-American Raja Rajeswari was appointed as judge in New York City. She was sworn in by the Mayor Bill de Blasio, on monday 27th April 2015. She immigrated to America when she was a teenager, and worked in Richmond County District Attorney Office in various bureau including Narcotics,Criminal Court,Supreme Court and Sex Crimes Special Victims Bureau as Deputy Chief.

She took the oath of office along with other judges appointed this month to Family Court,Civil and Criminal Courts, which are part of New York State Unified Court System.

  • Mayor Bill de Blasio, appreciated Ms Raja Rajeswari for her great empathy or the capacity to put oneself in others place and analyse.
  • To ensure New Yorkers have fair,equitable justice system its important to have judges who are well qualified and honest.
  • Ms Rajeswari had worked on the cases involving women and children as those touched her heart the most.
  • Ms Rajeswari told that the judicial system would be improved by encouraging interpreters to have more access to the aid immigrants and this would also be done efficiently.
  • The Mayor appoints judges to 10-year terms in the New York City Criminal Court and Family Court within the city.
  • She felt more than grateful for getting this big post as she came from from far away India and felt honored.


  • Ms Rajeswari, was born in Chennai, India.
  • She can speak in Indian, Southeast Asian languages well.
  • She is New York’s first Indian born women to be appointed as judge.
  • She is also known for her dancing prowness in Bharathanatyam and Kucchipidi.
  • She performs these dances regularly at Indian events and temples with her troupe from Padmalaya Dance Academy