Updated: Jan 6
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
March 22, 2021
Contact: Marcos Rodriguez Maciel
LOS ANGELES, CA –Today, California Assemblywoman Blanca Rubio endorsed Marina Torres’ campaign for Los Angeles City Attorney. Marina A. Torres is an Assistant United States Attorney for the Central District of California. The endorsement adds to the growing list of elected leaders who have endorsed Torres.
“As an elected official, former teacher, and immigrant to this country, I know what it means to work hard in a frequently unfair system,” said Rubio. “I know Marina will work hard for a more just and equitable system so that all Angelenos will reap the benefits of their hard work.”
Blanca Rubio has served California’s 48th Assembly District since 2016. Previous to that, she served as a trustee on the board of the Baldwin Park Unified School District as both the president and vice-president and as a school teacher for sixteen years. Blanca came to the United States from Mexico as a child and became an American citizen in 1994.
“Few people demonstrate the success of the American dream like Blanca Rubio and I am thrilled to have her endorsement,” said Torres. “I look forward to working alongside leaders like her as I aim to foster a just and equitable judicial system so that all Angelenos may achieve their American dreams.”
Torres is the daughter of undocumented parents who, like many others, came from Mexico in pursuit of a better life. She was born in Los Angeles County before her parents moved to a struggling neighborhood in the Inland Empire. Her father worked at the Sunkist Factory in Ontario until he passed away when Torres was just two-and-a-half years old. Her single mother worked a variety of jobs to keep the family afloat. As the oldest of three, she helped look after her younger brothers while her mother was at work. Growing up, the fear of her mother's deportation was never too far away.
Although English was her second language, Torres understood that education was the only way to help her family and community move forward. While working as a cashier at Burger King to afford the fees for her Advanced Placement tests, she graduated near the top of her high school class and was admitted to the University of California, Berkeley when she was just 16 years old. Torres juggled a full class schedule, many student government activities and a 20-hour work week to send money home to help support her family. She graduated in 2004 with a double major in Political Science and Rhetoric, a minor in Ethnic Studies, and with honors.
After college, Torres served as an AmeriCorps Fellow at the Legal Assistance Foundation of Metropolitan Chicago, travelling across Illinois to provide litigation aid to migrant farmworkers who were victimized by recruiters and employers. She returned to California to attend Stanford Law School, where she served on the executive board of the Stanford Law Review and was co-president of the Stanford Latino Law Students’ Association. After being appointed by President Obama to work in the Department of Homeland Security, Torres became a federal prosecutor at the United States Department of Justice under President Obama and now under President Joe Biden.
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