FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
February 4, 2021
Contact: Marcos Rodriguez Maciel
LOS ANGELES, CA – Today, attorney Joseph Ybarra endorsed Marina Torres in her campaign to become Los Angeles City Attorney. Marina A. Torres is an Assistant United States Attorney for the Central District of California and has amassed a large list of endorsements including judges, community and elected leaders.
“Marina has dedicated her career to improving our society from within the halls of justice,” said Ybarra.
“Marina has dedicated her career to improving our society from within the halls of justice,” said Ybarra. “Marina is a model for lawyers across the country as she has dedicated her fight to help those who are disadvantaged to find justice. I can think of no better person to lead our city into the post-pandemic world. I am proud to endorse Marina’s campaign and vision for Los Angeles City Attorney.”
Joseph Ybarra is a founding partner of the Los Angeles law firm Halpern May Ybarra Gelberg LLP. Recently recognized as one of the “Best Lawyers in America”, Ybarra also serves on the board of the Liberty Hill Foundation and Homeboy Industries, one of the largest gang intervention and rehabilitation organizations in the country.
“I am so humbled to have Mr. Ybarra supporting our campaign,” said Torres. “Not only is he an excellent attorney fighting every day, but he gives back so much to our community and to our city’s future.”
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, traveling 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.
For more information, please visit www.MarinaTorres.com.
Disclaimer: The views and opinions expressed do not necessarily reflect the
policy or position of the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ), or any agency of the U.S. government.
Paid for by Marina Torres for LA City Attorney 2022, FPPC ID# 1425772. 1787 Tribute Road, Suite K, Sacramento, CA 95815
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