Ana Torres graduated from the University of California, Berkeley, with a Bachelor's Degree in Political Science specializing in International Relations and a minor in Human Rights. Ana was inspired by her parents' work to assist their communities growing up. This spurred her interest in social justice and advocacy.
In order to pursue those interests, Ana volunteered at Tenants Together (TT) for over two years. There, she took calls from all over California, helping people with problems such as evictions, retaliation, harassment, discrimination, and rent increase issues. Her time at TT inspired her to do community organizing, subsequently participating in the training of new counselors for numerous Southern California tenants' rights organizations. In college, Ana also organized events to inform students about class cuts, ballot propositions, and voter registration.
Ana’s academic research focused on conflict management analysis, human rights, gender-based violence (GBV), rape as a weapon of war, Women, Peace and Security, and military institutions. This spurred her interest in better understanding displacement due to violence and GBV. She interned at Vital Voices Global Partnership and Darfur Women Action Group, both are non-profit organizations based in DC that focus on empowering women and raising awareness about GBV through policy advocacy and capacity building. Through these professional experiences, she realized she wants to work directly with people that have been forced to flee their countries and victims of GBV. Ana aspires to go to graduate or law school in order to further strengthen her skills and assist people who have been forced to flee or are in need of humanitarian relief.
Ana’s prior experiences inspired her to work directly with immigrant communities to provide direct legal services. As a DreamSF Fellow, Ana is placed at the Jubilee Immigration Advocates, a nonprofit that provides affordable legal services to marginalized and immigrant communities in the Bay Area. She hopes to gain hands-on experience in providing legal services to unrepresented communities and develop her knowledge of humanitarian relief for survivors of abuse and violence.
In her free time, Ana enjoys reading, hiking, trying new vegetarian restaurants, and spending time with her friends, family, and dog. She is always open to grabbing boba tea!