Raja Rajeswari, first Indian-American woman judge of New York (Download PDF)


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Ms. Raja Rajeswari became the first Indian-born woman to be appointed a judge in New York City. Rajeswari was sworn-in as a criminal court judge in New York by Mayor Bill de Blasio along with 27 other judges. Earlier, Rajeswari had worked for her entire career with the Richmond County District Attorney’s (DA) Office in several bureaus such as Criminal Court, Sex Crimes Special Victims Bureau and Narcotics, Supreme Court.

  • Earlier, Rajeswari had served as Deputy Chief of the Special Victims Unit for more than four years in DA’s office.
  • Ms. Rajeswari was born in Chennai. Rajeswari had migrated to United States in the age of 16 years. Apart from her legal acumen, Rajeswari is also an interested in Bharathanatyam and Kucchipudi dancer.
  • At present, there are two male judges of Indian descent in civil court settings. Jaya Madhavan in the New York City Housing Court in Bronx County and Anil C. Singh of 1st District of New York County Supreme Court.
  • They were appointed as judges earlier to the Family Court, Criminal Court, and Civil Court, which are part of the New York State Unified Court System.

- Published/Last Modified on: May 1, 2015


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