Updated: Jan 6
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
March 15, 2021
Contact: Marcos Rodriguez Maciel
Endorsement adds to the campaign’s growing momentum
LOS ANGELES, CA –Today, Former Ambassador to Belize and Former Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of California 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 recently announced a strong fundraising report, raising well into the six figures.
“As a federal prosecutor, Marina has tirelessly fought from within for greater equity and to improve the lives of our most vulnerable citizens,” said former Justice Moreno. “She understands the unique ways the justice system can empower people, bring greater equity to the city and foster better lives for all Angelenos. As a judge and attorney, I can think of no better candidate for City Attorney, and as a father and citizen, I can think of no better person to lead our justice system into the post-pandemic world. I am proud to endorse Marina’s campaign and vision for Los Angeles City Attorney.”
Former Justice Moreno served as a judge of the United States District Court for the Central District of California from 1998 to 2001 and as an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of California from 2001 to 2011. President Barack Obama appointed him to the Belize Ambassadorship from 2014 to 2017.
“I am deeply humbled to have former Justice Moreno supporting our campaign,” said Torres. “I have always emulated his lifelong commitment to justice and fairness in Los Angeles and beyond. I look forward to joining her in the fight to build a better future for Los Angeles.”
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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For more information, please visit www.MarinaTorres.com.
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