Raja Rajeswari is New York’s first Indian-American judge

Chennai born Raja RajeScreen Shot 2015-04-18 at 23.27.43swari, 43, an assistant district attorney at the Richmond County District Attorney’s office, has become the first NRI to be named a Criminal Court judge in New York City. She was nominated to the bench by New York Mayor Bill de Blasio.

Rajeswari who worked at the district attorney’s office for 16 years has been the deputy chief of the Special Victims Unit for over 4 years. As a prosecuting attorney in New York she came across numerous cases of spousal and child abuse many of whom were South Asian and Sri Lankan victims of domestic abuse.

Rajeswari is also an accomplished Bharat Natyam and Kucchipudi dancer who continues to perform at events and temples with her troupe from the Padmalaya Dance Academy, named after her mother Padma Ramanathan.

There are also two male NRI judges in civil court settings – Jaya Madhavan on the New York City Housing Court in Bronx County, and Anil C Singh of the New York County Supreme Court, 1st District.