ACLU of California Names Sylvia Torres-Guillén to Lead Education Team

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                               

July 22, 2016


Tony Marcano,

Los Angeles — The ACLU of California announced today the appointment of Sylvia Torres-Guillén as director of education advocacy/legal counsel, a position designed to identify critical civil rights issues in California’s public education system and to help create and implement comprehensive strategies for protecting students’ rights.

Torres-Guillén joins the ACLU from the office of Gov. Jerry Brown, Jr., where she was Special Counsel. Prior to taking on that role last year, she was appointed by Governor Brown as general counsel of the state Agricultural Labor Relations Board, where she zealously pursued complaints of unfair labor practices and sought justice for California’s 800,000 farmworkers. Prior to her appointment to the ALRB, Torres-Guillén served for nearly two decades as a federal public defender, where she tried nearly 40 federal cases and represented thousands of indigent clients.

Torres-Guillén will join the ACLU on August 1. She will lead the ACLU of California Education Team, which includes approximately 10 multi-disciplinary staff engaged in education advocacy and litigation at the three California-based ACLU affiliates: the ACLU of Northern California, the ACLU of Southern California, and the ACLU of San Diego & Imperial Counties. She will be based in Los Angeles.

“Equal access to a quality education is critical to our nation’s future,” Torres-Guillén said. “Fairness and justice require we fulfill our duty to ensure equity and excellence in education. I am deeply honored to be joining the ACLU team to further its passionate and critical role in fundamentally empowering our students and giving true and transformative meaning to educational equity. I look forward to building strong and collaborative partnerships with the individuals and groups dedicated to our students’ success.”

Among her many duties, Torres-Guillén will be responsible for overseeing all litigation and advocacy on education equity. She will monitor the implementation of the Local Control Funding Formula, which sets new rules for how California funds its schools, including allocating more money to help foster youth, low income students and English learners, and participate in state and local discussions to ensure additional resources are directed to the state’s neediest students.

“We are very excited that Sylvia has agreed to bring her wealth of experience, skills and knowledge to the ACLU,” said Hector Villagra, executive director of the ACLU of Southern California. “We look forward to her leadership as we strive to ensure that California’s public education system serves the needs of all students who reside in this diverse state.”

Torres-Guillén’s work is funded by the ACLU of Southern California and the ACLU Foundation of Southern California.

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  • falcondraco

    Have fun w/ her, ACLU. She’s a horrible person. But you’ll figure that out, soon enough.

  • 1MrPeanut2

    This is the same lovely and talented Sylvia Torres Guillen ignored the physical assault of a female Farmworker on 2 different occasions by UFW goons, and plugged her ears as racist slurs were hurled at Gerawan Farmworkers by the UFW. In fact, Torres Guillen covered it up. This is the same Torres Guillen that had a website dedicated to her;

    The website was constructed by former and current ALRB employees who were shocked at the extreme bias with which Torres Guillen operated, favoring the corrupt UFW, and denying justice for Farmworkers, who demonstrated by the thousands that they wanted to be heard. When one of the legal cases (to force an unwanted union contract on the Farmworkers) was brought before Superior Court in Fresno, Torres Guillen was chastised by the judge Hamilton for acting “In Cahoots” with the UFW.

    Guillen stripped California Farmworkers of their vote, their voice and their legal and civil Rights. Jim Crow treatment of Farmworkers is now routine at California’s ALRB, started by Torres Guillen and her hand picked team of UFW cronies.

    Imagine the ACLU, which lauds itself as a champion of worker’s Rights, hiring a radical who bullied, threatened, intimidated, investigated and insulted Farmworkers in an effort to silence their opposition to the ALRB & UFW’s scheme to force an arbitrary union contract on them, without their ability to negotiate or vote on said contract, and then confiscated the voted ballots of Farmworkers – litigating for their destruction without honoring the result of the election.

    It says a lot about the ACLU today…

    Guillen is a perfect choice for the marxist ACLU, which has no interest in improving or bettering American education. Their goal is to undermine the U.S. Constitution at every turn, and turn the USA into a marxist nation. Guillen has proven herself worthy and earned her place in the darkened halls of the ACLU.

  • Nice! This UFW union goon crook screws over farmworkers at the ALRB, gets caught, fired and winds up at the ACLU? Just whose liberties will she be protecting, or is this just the People’s Republic of Commiefornia retirement plan? Burn the system to the ground.