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First Latina judge in Cleveland to be sworn in next month

Posted at 10:28 PM, Nov 14, 2017
and last updated 2017-11-15 15:32:05-05

Judge Jazmin Torres-Lugo has proven, even in 2017, there are still many firsts.

"The first Latina judge in Cleveland,” she said.

The Puerto Rican-born judge was elected last week. She has spent the last 29 years in Cleveland.

"I know about difficulties, you see, because when I came here, and did not know English, I had people that had the go back to your country attitude," said Judge Torres-Lugo.

She said she taught herself how to speak English and was already an attorney before moving to Ohio.

"I needed to work 300 times harder to be where I am now,” said Judge Torres-Lugo.

She said she will be sworn in next month.