NEW YORK — March is Women’s History Month and we are shedding light on women who continue to pave the way for others.

CBS2 recently sat down with the Honorable Karen Gopee, the first appointed Indo-Caribbean justice of the Supreme Court in New York.

“It’s also me knowing that I’m leading the way for other people who look like me and sound like me,” Gopee said.

She currently presides in Queens Supreme Court, Criminal Term.

“I love the law, and I love knowing I can help people and make a real impact,” Gopee said.

In her first sit-down television interview, she told CBS2, at first, her family had objections.

“Being a female, being a minority … practicing criminal law, becoming an attorney — these are things that were not necessarily expectations,” Gopee said.

She migrated to the United States from the Caribbean island of Trinidad with her parents and was the first in her family to go to college. She went on to receive a full scholarship from St. John’s University to go to law school — and continued to set the bar high.

“I was the first Indo-Caribbean judge appointed by the mayor in New York state in 2015. In 2021, the first Indo-Caribbean judge appointed or elected to Supreme Court,” Gopee said.