Updated: Apr 22
Marina A. Torres is an Assistant United States Attorney for the Central District of California who continues to garner enthusiasm across Southern California.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
February 4, 2021
Contact: Marcos Rodriguez Maciel
LOS ANGELES, CA – Today, Long Beach Community College Trustee Sunny Zia 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 who continues to garner enthusiasm across Southern California.
“As an attorney and proud Angeleno, Marina has demonstrated an unwavering commitment to the people of Los Angeles,” said Zia.
“As an attorney and proud Angeleno, Marina has demonstrated an unwavering commitment to the people of Los Angeles,” said Zia. “I believe education is the key to success and Marina’s story embodies this truth. Marina’s experience and vision for a more just society is what Los Angeles needs. I’m thrilled at the prospect of her becoming the next Los Angeles City Attorney.”
Sunny Zia grew up in Tehran and studied civil engineering at the University of Tehran and later earned her master’s in civil engineering at UC Irvine. As a trustee of the Long Beach Community College Board, she has worked to support formerly incarcerated students as well as those facing housing and food insecurity. She has been a stalwart in providing career opportunities for all Long Beach Community College students.
“I am so honored to have the endorsement, and moreover the respect, of Sunny Zia. Her entire life is a model for hard work, ingenuity, and a commitment to fostering education and public service to the disadvantaged in our society,” said Torres. “I look forward to partnering with her to craft a stronger future for our communities.”
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.
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