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Attorney, Television & Radio Personality, Author
Cristina Perez is a multi-faceted woman of the ages. She is a successful lawyer, television personality, radio host, entrepreneur/business owner, author, and national columnist. At the foundation of all of these roles, however, lies Cristina's complete devotion to her family, friends, and loved ones. This kind of sane prioritizing may be perhaps rare, but for Cristina . . . well, it comes directly from her family roots.
The daughter of Colombian immigrants, Cristina was born in New York City, NY, U.S.A. Growing up, Cristina was exposed to all walks of life, cultures, and differing problems facing each community. She watched her parents struggle with racism, finances, and adapting to the U.S. culture with a foreign language. Cristina learned to speak English around the age of 10 and today has mastered both languages. With her unique and well-rounded background, Cristina credits her family's example and desire to remain close to her heritage and culture for all of her personal and professional achievements.
In the media world, Cristina is known as the enormously popular host of the Spanish language television program 'La Corte de Familia' (Family Court) which aired nationally and internationally in fifteen countries on the Telemundo Television Network/NBC. The program appealed to viewers of all ages. The show, one of the highest rated Spanish language programs in the U.S., re-enacted the courtroom drama of family law related claims. Cristina was the first female Judge-Actress to air on a nationally syndicated Spanish network series.
Cristina made her television debut on the program 'La Corte Del Pueblo' (People's Court), which aired locally in Los Angeles on KHWY Channel 22. The show re-enacted general small claim matters and allowed, for the first time, cameras to enter the judicial arena and bring the drama of legal battles to the Spanish language viewer. The series was an enormous success and the producer decided to cast Cristina, once again, as the just Judge for 'La Corte de Familia.'
Cristina utilized La Corte de Familia and La Corte del Pueblo as vehicles to raise the consciousness of the Latino community. The success of each show lied on the fact that each celebrated the strength of the Latino culture and the importance of family. It also reminded viewers, of all ages and ethnicity, not to forfeit their culture and the great lessons learned from our ancestors to make it in the United States. It is reliance on these lessons which she believes are key ingredients to be a success in life.
Armed with the life changing lessons learned from her immigrant parents, Cristina is a leader in the community and is committed to community awareness. Cristina has worked to make a difference in her community at every scale. She is an active member and leader of several community and legal organizations.
In 2005, Cristina was selected as a California's 'Woman of the Year' for her community activities and was named one of America's top 10 'Latina Advocates,' for making the world a better place for women and Latino's rights by the national magazine LATINO LEADERS (National Magazine of the Successful American Latino).
Academically, Cristina has a Juris Doctor degree from Whittier Law and two Bachelors of Arts degrees from UCLA.
Overall, Cristina has worked to make a difference in her community, unknowingly breaking through the stereotypes and misconceptions of what a Latina is or should be. Cristina is a powerful role model for young women in any community and particularly for Latinas. Not only has she excelled in two demanding fields, but she has utilized her skills to advocate for many who have no access to justice. On a daily basis, Cristina strives to be a powerful role model for all people.