Updated: Mar 14, 2022
Blake served on the Obama Campaign and White House
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
February 15, 2022 Contact: Marcos Rodriguez Maciel
LOS ANGELES, CA -- Today, Democratic Party Vice Chair Michael Blake endorsed Marina Torres’ campaign for Los Angeles City Attorney. Marina A. Torres is federal prosecutor for the Central District of California and advised President Obama on DACA and immigration issues. Torres continues to garner the support of Democratic leaders in Los Angeles and across the country.
“Growing up as children of working-class immigrants, Marina and I understand how government can help vulnerable communities,” said Democratic Party Vice Chair Michael Blake. “Her personal background and decades of professional experience make her the right candidate to fix a broken criminal justice system that disportionately targets communities of color. I also know she will make communities safer by taking illegal guns off the street. Marina will make Los Angeles a fairer and safer city for everyone.”
A former New York Assemblyman, Michael Blake worked on both elections for President Obama, as Iowa Caucus Constituency vote director in 2008, and as National Deputy Operation Vote Director in 2012. Torres and Blake were both political appointees of President Obama, with Torres working in the Department of Homeland Security and the Department of Justice and Blake serving as White House Associate Director of Public Engagement and Deputy Associate Director of the Office of Intergovernmental Affairs.
“I am honored to have the support of a leader like my friend Michael Blake,” said Torres. “He has spent his career fighting for the most vulnerable, advocating for progressive policies and helping elect Democrats like President Obama. I enjoyed working with him in support of President Obama’s administration and looking forward to working with him in service to the people of 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, 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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