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Diversity Profile - ASA Claudia Castro

When I joined the Office in 1998, I started as an administrative assistant. But as I experienced the diverse backgrounds and cultures on our staff and of the victims we serve, I was inspired to complete my education and go on to law school.  In this pursuit, I was challenged with working full-time as a single mother raising a daughter in Illinois while attending law school on the weekends in Michigan.  But with the support from the Office, I was able to complete law school and go on to pass the bar.

Because most of our victims and witnesses are minorities, I believe it’s important that they see that we have minority prosecutors in the courtrooms. As a Latina prosecutor, I can relate on a personal level with the victims and especially with the Spanish-speaking community.  For me, being a prosecutor is not just a job; it is a calling. The opportunities afforded by the Office help to make me the best advocate in our justice system as I work to represent the citizens of Cook County.