Naturalization Ceremony in Fall River welcomes new American citizens



Photo courtesy of state of Massachusetts (from last year's ceremony)

Boston — The Bristol Superior Court hosted its third annual Naturalization Ceremony where 10 men and women became new American citizens during a “social distancing” celebration. The ceremony was moved to Courtroom 9 instead of taking place outside, due to the inclement weather. The celebration is one of hundreds of activities taking place across the state to celebrate the Massachusetts Trial Court’s 4th Annual Cultural Appreciation Week, October 19-23.

Fall River Clerk of Courts Marc Santos and Judge Karen Green presided over the ceremony for the individuals whose original countries include Portugal, Brazil, Cabo Verde, Cambodia, Guatemala, Haiti, Jamaica, and Mexico. The new American citizens took an Oath of Allegiance.

“I am honored to preside over Friday’s ceremony with Clerk Santos,” Judge Green stated. “I know how hard these women and men have worked to become Americans. I look forward to welcoming them and to celebrating their new citizenship with them.”

In addition to the Naturalization Ceremony, Bristol Superior Court Probation will be among the more than 70 courts, court offices and departments, and Community Corrections Center hosting food and supply drives across the state to assist those struggling financially during the pandemic. Bristol Superior Court will donate non-perishable food to local charities.

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