Torres Honored by New American Leaders Project
WASHINGTON, DC – Today, Rep. Norma J. Torres (D-CA) was recognized at the New American Leaders Project Power and Policy Awards Reception for her contributions to the national political landscape as an immigrant in elected office.
“I am so grateful for this honor and for the amazing work the New American Leaders Project does,” said Torres. “This past campaign season, immigrant communities were demonized and scapegoated, but through events like tonight’s and their training, fellowships, and advocacy efforts, NALP is working tirelessly to show why immigrants make this country a better place for all Americans.”
NALP is the only organization in the country preparing first- and second-generation immigrants for civic leadership at all levels of government. A non-partisan organization, NALP is dedicated to expanding the number of immigrants in leadership positions, increase voter participation in immigrant communities, and give immigrant voters more opportunities to engage in the broader political dialogue. The other honorees this evening were Boston City Council President Michelle Wu and Colorado State Representative Joe Salazar.
“Those of us who come from countries where the basic rights of citizenship are threatened, know how important it is to get involved and speak out for those who can’t,” continued Torres. “I wasn’t always politically active, but from my years organizing neighborhood watch to walking the halls of Congress, I’ve learned that if we want to make our communities a better place, we have to make our voices heard in the political process. I am honored to receive this award, and hope that through my work, I can serve as an example to other immigrants.”
Torres came to the United States at the age of five from Guatemala. She previously served in the California State Senate and Assembly and as Mayor and City Council Member of the City of Pomona.