Updated: Apr 22
“I am thrilled to have Sara’s support for our campaign,” said Torres.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
February 4, 2021
Contact: Marcos Rodriguez Maciel
LOS ANGELES, CA – Today, attorney and non-profit founder Sara Hernandez 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 whose campaign continues to gain momentum with a growing list of donors and endorsements.
“I have known Marina as a fellow attorney and as a friend. I am regularly inspired by her commitment to equity and her devotion to justice,” said Hernandez.
“I have known Marina as a fellow attorney and as a friend. I am regularly inspired by her commitment to equity and her devotion to justice,” said Hernandez. “Marina is the epitome of a civil servant, dedicated to her community. She will be a pivotal leader for Los Angeles in the post-pandemic world and I wholeheartedly endorse her campaign for Los Angeles City Attorney.”
Sara Hernandez is an attorney and community leader. She was raised by two civil rights attorneys. She was a sixth grade English and history teacher before founding the non-profit Helping Young People Excel (HYPE) to empower young people. She is a practicing attorney with DLA Piper.
“I am thrilled to have Sara’s support for our campaign,” said Torres. “Her work empowering the next generation of leaders and her work supporting disadvantaged communities is inspiring. I look forward to joining her in the fight to build a better future for 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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