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Clackamas Community College's Oregon City campus highlights life of immigrant

Clackamas Community College will host a free performance of "Judge Torres" on Nov. 6.

Based on the true story of Multnomah County Circuit COURTESY PHOTO: CCC - Elle Munoz plays Multnomah County Circuit Judge Xiomara Torres in a free, public performance on Clackamas Community College's Oregon City campus.Judge Xiomara Torres, "Judge Torres" is a story of magic and Mayan folktales, of loss and abuse, and ultimately, of triumph against all odds.

In 1980, 9-year-old Torres and her family made their way to a new life in America with the help of a "coyote," or smuggler. "Judge Torres" highlights how while crossing the Rio Grande, she met La Siguanaba, a mythical being from Salvadoran legends who chose to guide her, providing her strength and wisdom as she made her way down a difficult path.

Torres grew up exposed to an American culture hostile to undocumented immigrants. Placed in foster care, she was separated from her siblings at a young age.

Production sponsors from CCC's World Languages Department and the Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Committee see "Judge Torres" as a way to address and discuss sophisticated issues in an inventive, safe space. The play will be paired with Teatro Milagro's UNIDAD workshops that use theater to address bullying, harassment and student isolation by focusing on themes of identity, stereotypes and community support.

"Judge Torres" was written by Milta Ortiz and directed by Mandana Khoshnevisan. The 2019 tour of "Judge Torres" was made possible by the Ventura Group, the EC Brown Foundation, the Juan Young Trust and the Portland Clinic Foundation.

You be the judge

What: Clackamas Community College will host a performance of "Judge Torres," a play based on the true story of Multnomah County Circuit Judge Xiomara Torres

When: Noon on Wednesday, Nov. 6

Where: Gregory Forum, 19600 Molalla Ave., Oregon City

Cost: Free


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