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Kamala Harris is the current Vice President of the United States. She has had other
important jobs like District Attorney of San Francisco, the Attorney General of California,
and as a Senator. Kamala Harris is from the state of California, but her parents were
immigrants from India and Jamaica. Kamala Harris is the first Person of Color to hold
the office of Vice President of the United States, as well as the first woman to be elected
for the job.
As a young child, Kamala Harris’s mother and father would bring her along to civil rights
demonstrations. This introduced her to role models like Supreme Court Justice
Thurgood Marshall and others that shaped her sense of purpose as someone who
would always fight for justice. To begin her career in fighting for those that could not
fight for themselves, she became an attorney.
Career in Justice
Kamala Harris joined the Alameda County District Attorney’s Office in 1990. Her job
was to work with victims of childhood abuse. Later in her career she became the chief
of the Division on Children and Families for the city of San Francisco. In 2003, Kamala
Harris became the District Attorney of San Francisco and created a program to help
first-time drug offenders earn a high school diploma and find employment. Without her
help, many people would be without education and jobs to support their families.
In 2017, Kamala Harris became a Senator for California. She was a member of the
Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee. She used her place
of power to help DREAMers stay in the United States. The DREAMers Act
(Development, Relief and Education for Alien Minors) was put in place to ensure that
children that were brought to the United States could achieve legal status as immigrants
to finish their education. While working with immigrant children, Kamala Harris also
determined that immigrant detention centers were substandard, and made the
necessary changes to the centers to provide adequate living spaces.
Kamala Harris became Joe Biden’s running mate for the 2020 Presidential election.
Her goal was to unite a nation that was facing many challenges. Kamala Harris hopes
to pave the way for other women and people of color to hold high offices within the
United States by being a leader that is knowledgeable, responsible, and hard working.