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My Beloved World by Sonia Sotomayor, Associate Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court, is a must-read for educators and their human service partners that work with immigrant children.  Sotomayor provides a detailed and compelling account of her experience growing up in New York City as a first generation “Nuyorican” (as she identifies herself).  Although her K-12 education experience did not include attending a community school, Sotomayor talks warmly about her elementary and high schools, and about the consistent messages she and her brother received about the importance of education as a route out of poverty.   Equally compelling is her recognition, upon moving from the Bronx and entering Princeton University, of the tremendous opportunity gap between her background and that of most of her freshman classmates.  This recognition helped to fuel her lifelong ambition to become a lawyer who would use the tools of the legal profession to address issues of equity and access.