FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
February 4, 2021
Contact: Marcos Rodriguez Maciel
LOS ANGELES, CA – Today, the Honorable Mickey Ibarra endorsed Marina Torres, Assistant United States Attorney for the Central District of California, in her campaign to become Los Angeles City Attorney.
“Marina has proven to be the best of federal prosecutors as she tirelessly advocates on behalf of those for whom power seems out of reach,” said Ibarra.
“Marina has proven to be the best of federal prosecutors as she tirelessly advocates on behalf of those for whom power seems out of reach,” said Ibarra. “She strives to bring justice and opportunity to every person she encounters. She will bring a level playing field to the city of Los Angeles and all its people.”
Mickey Ibarra has been a voice for Hispanic leaders across the country for decades. Originally a high school teacher for high-risk students, he transitioned to work in Washington DC as a political affairs staff for the NEA. Ibarra served as a member of President Clinton’s senior staff as the Director of Intergonvermnetal Affairs. He sought to build support for Clinton’s initiatives as well as responding to concerns from state and local officials. He is the founder and chairman of the Latino Leaders Network, a non-profit dedicated to bringing leaders together from across the country for collective problem solving.
“I am deeply honored to have the Honorable Mickey Ibarra supporting our campaign,” said Torres. “His life of service is an inspiration to me. He has dedicated himself to uplifting at-risk youth, amplified Latinx voices and inspired leadership across the country and the world. I have always looked up to the precedents he has set. I look forward to following in his footsteps as a voice for justice and Latinx leadership.”
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.
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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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