The proud news came from the Indonesian diaspora in Uncle Sam’s country. A woman of Indonesian descent, Marissa Hutabarat, won the election to become a judge at the Civil Court in the city of New Orleans. In the vote on August 15 in the United States, Marissa defeated her challenger Sara Lewis. Overall Marissa received 17,579 votes or 60 percent of the votes. Meanwhile, Lewis only got 11,657. With this victory, Marissa replaced judge Angelique Reed, who died. When interviewed by VoA Indonesia, Marissa said she was proud to be elected as a judge in New Orleans. She promised to do her best. “I want to serve the community as well as possible,” said Marissa, as quoted by VoA Indonesia.
Marrisa was born and raised in the United States. She has Indonesian blood from her father. While her mother is Thai. Marissa also admitted that she had never been to Indonesia. However, she always carries out Indonesian values as a family. “I am proud to be Indonesia, I am proud of its cultural heritage,” said Marissa. Marissa, who has been used to speaking English in her family since she was a child, admits that she is not fluent in Indonesian. But he promised to learn Indonesian in the future.
“My Opung taught me a little (Batak language). I know a few words. I’m a little embarrassed because I didn’t learn Batak. I’m a little embarrassed because I didn’t learn Indonesian but I plan to make sure I learn,” she said.
With Marissa being elected as a civil judge in New Orleans, she acknowledged that many congratulations flowed from Indonesians via social media. “It’s great to receive lots of words of love, congratulations and hopes from Indonesians who don’t know or hear my name before. They greet me on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter even though I don’t have Twitter,” said Marissa, telling of the many congratulations from residents. Indonesia after being elected as a civil judge.
Marrisa worked as a lawyer before being elected to public office as a civil judge in New Orleans. She graduated from the College of Law from Loyola University New Orleans, then became a lawyer at Glado Williams, LLC, where he handled civil litigation cases, including personal injury cases such as car accidents, medical malpractice and insurance disputes.