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After winning her Democratic primary, Cassandra Aimee Johnson is well on her way to becoming a civil court judge in Queens. Campaign photo

Attorney Cassandra Aimée Johnson was in elementary school when the legal profession first entered her family. In 1991, her Haitian-immigrant mother Andrée Sylvestre-Johnson earned a law degree, later inspiring her daughter to enter the field. 

Although she wasn’t set on entering law as a child, Cassandra Johnson always looked up to her mother’s example of hard work. From high school through college, she worked in the Law Offices of Andree Sylvestre, which later helped her choose law for her career, she said. 

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Sam is a reporter for The Haitian Times and a 2020 Report for America corps member. He has covered Haiti and its diaspora since 2018. His work has also appeared in USA Today, the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review and Haiti Liberte. Sam can be reached at or on Twitter @sambojarski.