Updated: Jan 6
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
February 10, 2021
Contact: Marcos Rodriguez Maciel
LOS ANGELES, CA –Today, Congresswoman Linda Sánchez endorsed Marina Torres in the race to become the next Los Angeles City Attorney. Marina A. Torres is an Assistant United States Attorney for the Central District of California and previously worked for the Obama Administration.
“Marina is a dedicated public servant who fights every day for her community as a federal prosecutor,” said Congresswoman Sánchez. “Her work on DACA during the Obama Administration and her own story as the daughter of undocumented immigrants means she understands the needs of so many families in Los Angeles. Marina is the leader we need as the next Los Angeles City Attorney.”
Congresswoman Sánchez represents the 38th Congressional District and is a strong advocate for DACA, healthcare and issues impacting the communities she represents.
“I am excited and honored to have Congresswoman Sánchez support our campaign and vision for Los Angeles,” said Torres. “Her endorsement adds to the incredible support we have seen over the past few months. We will continue working to share our vision and grow our campaign.”
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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