LOS ANGELES – Please attribute the statement below on the death of Rep. Esteban Torres to Thomas A. Saenz, president and general counsel of MALDEF (Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund):

“Yet another pioneering Latino icon has passed away.  MALDEF extends its sympathy to Arcy Torres and the entire family of Congressmember Torres.  As a veteran, autoworker, union leader, community development pioneer, ambassador, and member of Congress, Esteban Torres devoted his entire life to service of his country.  This legacy, coupled with his courageous advocacy on behalf of the Latino community at a time when it was very lonely to engage in such advocacy, is what MALDEF will remember about Torres.  His example and his achievements ensure that he will continue to influence the course of Latino civil rights and broad inclusion for many years to come.  At MALDEF, we salute you, esteemed friend Esteban Torres.”