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Blanca Banuelos sworn in as San Joaquin County court’s 4th Latina judge

Judge Blanca A. Banuelos of the San Joaquin County Superior Court.

Blanca A. Banuelos, an advocate for the rights of farmworkers and sexual assault victims, was sworn-in Friday as a San Joaquin County Superior Court judge.

Banuelos was director the Migrant Unit at California Rural Legal Assistance, Inc., a nonprofit that provides free legal assistance to low-income people in rural counties, before Gov. Gavin Newsom appointed her to the court in December 2019.

“I know that I bring a different and unique perspective to the bench,” Banuelos said. “This is necessary. The bench is a stronger bench the more reflective it is of the community it serves.”

Colleagues described Banuelos as a hardworking and fierce advocate.