Updated: Jan 6
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February 2, 2021
Contact: Marcos Rodriguez Maciel
Federal prosecutor campaigning to combat corruption in city gov't starts 2021 with a strong showing
LOS ANGELES, CA –Marina A. Torres, currently an Assistant United States Attorney for the Central District of California, announced she has raised well into six figures in her campaign to become L.A. City Attorney and combat corruption in city government. After being appointed by President Obama to work in the Department of Homeland Security on DACA immigration policy, Torres became a federal prosecutor at the United States Department of Justice under President Obama and now under President Joe Biden. She currently prosecutes white-collar fraud, money laundering and international narcotics matters, for which she has been honored numerous times by the FBI, DEA, and other law enforcement agencies.
“A first generation American, Marina has a powerful personal story and exactly the right pedigree to tackle the corruption that has plagued City Hall,” said Bill Burton, Torres’ lead campaign strategist.
With this announcement, Torres is expected to qualify for the full match of $460,000 from the Los Angeles Ethics Commission in early 2022. The city caps expenditures at $1.2 million for the June 2022 primary, which is what Torres’ campaign will spend to make it into the general election.
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.
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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