FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
March 9, 2022 Contact: Marcos Rodriguez Maciel
LOS ANGELES, CA -- Today, Tanya Ortiz Franklin, Board Member for LA Unified School Board District 7, endorsed Marina A. Torres for Los Angeles City Attorney. Torres was recently an Assistant United States Attorney for the Central District of California. Ortiz Franklin’s endorsement adds to the list of local elected officials supporting her candidacy.
“Our next Los Angeles City Attorney must center equity in our collective journey for justice and Marina Torres is prepared to do just that,” said Franklin. “Our children and families deserve leaders in all systems who will break down structural barriers and Marina has done this both personally and professionally. Marina embodies the potential of our students and demonstrates the power of education through her trajectory, her advocacy and her public service. I'm proud to support her leadership.”
Tanya Ortiz Franklin represents District 7 on the Los Angeles Unified School Board– a district in which she was both a student and a teacher. She also worked at the Partnership for Los Angeles Schools, a non-profit organization that helps run 19 LA Unified District Schools. Ortiz Franklin has devoted her career to implementing equitable policies and practices at the student, educator, school, and district-wide levels.
“The greatest city in the world should have its schools match up to that standard, and leaders like Tanya Ortiz Franklin are fighting to make that a reality,” said Torres. “As someone deeply committed to equity, I appreciate having her support and I share her desire to make sure our most vulnerable have someone willing and ready to fight for them. As City Attorney, I vow to work to bring fairness and justice to every aspect of the job.”
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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