Fernanda Maria Barreto

Key Facts

Party Nonpartisan
Status Challenger

Background

Fernanda Maria Barreto received a B.A. in Politics and Media Studies from Pomona College, and a J.D. from Loyola Law School. At Loyola, she was a member of the Thomas More Honor Society and the Hispanic Moot Court. Barreto is currently a Deputy District Attorney for Los Angeles County where she is assigned to the Pasadena Branch in the Victim Impact Program (VIP). She is currently a member of the Los Angeles County Bar Association, the Latina Lawyers Bar Association, and the Mexican American Bar Association [2]. For the past decade, Barreto has been a Professor at the California School of Law [1]. She teaches a first-year criminal law class and upper-level Evidence and Criminal Procedure. In 2008, she was given the Compassionate Partners Award by Mothers Against Drunk Driving, and in 2018, she was a presenter at Inter-Agency Council on Child Abuse and Neglect’s Nexus Conference [2].

Key Issues

Criminal Justice

 

Barreto wants to increase trust in the criminal justice system, promote diversity on the bench, and ensure the law is applied fairly and equally to every person in a courtroom [3]. She wants to decrease the prison population while promoting public safety. For nonviolent crimes, she supports alternatives to incarceration including substance abuse and mental health treatment, job/school/trade assistance, and housing support. She wants to increase funding for collaborative courts that offer rehabilitative services [1]. Barreto wants to make it easier for individuals to navigate the court system by offering guidance and directing them to available resources [1].

Public Safety

Barreto’s work within the DA’s Office has primarily focused on domestic violence cases, including murder, rape, and child and elder abuse [2].

Endorsements

Hon. Lucy Armendariz, LA County Superior Court; Hon. Wendy Avila, Kern County Superior Court; Hon. Michael Carter, LA County Superior Court; Hon. Adam Chang, LA County Superior Court; Hon. Suzette Clover, LA County Superior Court; Hon. Maria Andrea Davalos, LA County Superior Court; Hon. E. Carlos Dominguez, LA County Superior Court; Hon. Miguel Espinoza, LA County Superior Court; Hon. Karla Kerlin, LA County Superior Court; Hon. Roberto Longoria, LA County Superior Court; Hon. Carolina V. Lugo, LA County Superior Court; Hon. Adan Montalban, LA County Superior Court; Hon. Russell Morre, Riverside County Superior Court; Hon. Jared Moses, LA County Superior Court; Hon. Carol Najera, LA County Superior Court; Hon. Javier Perez, LA County Superior Court; Hon. Sherry Powell, LA County Superior Court; Hon. Teri Schwartz, LA County Superior Court; Hon. Dorothy Shubin, LA County Superior Court; Hon. Yvette Verastegui, LA County Superior Court; Hon. John Weller, LA County Superior Court; Hon. Kerry L. White, LA County Superior Court; Sandra Armenta, City of Rosemead Council Member; Armond Aghakhanian, President of Burbank Unf. School Dist.; Denise Diaz, City of South Gate Council Member; Laura Friedman, California State Assemblywoman; Mike Fong, California State Assemblyman; Cristina Garcia, California State Assemblywoman; Ross J. Maza, City of Alhambra Council Member; Denise Menchaca, City of San Gabriel Council Member; Dr. Maria Morales, City of El Monte Council Member; Blanca Pacheco, City of Downey Mayor; Sasha Renée Pérez, City of Alhambra Council Member; Richard Polanco, California State Senator (Ret.); Alma Puente, City of El Monte Mayor Pro Tem; Luz Rivas, California State Assemblywoman; Carina Rivera, City of San Gabriel Council Member; Monica Rodriguez, City of Los Angeles Council Member; Blanca Rubio, California State Assemblywoman; Susan Rubio, California State Senator; Adele Andrade Stadler, City of Alhambra Vice Mayor; Maxine Waters, United States Congresswoman; Daily Breeze (Torrance); Los Angeles Daily News; Los Angeles Times; Pasadena Star News; Whittier Daily News; The Press-Telegram (Long Beach); San Gabriel Valley Tribune; Inland Valley Daily Bulletin; AFSCME; Alhambra Democratic Club; Association of Deputy District Attorneys; AVANCE L.A. Democratic Club; Burbank Police Officers’ Association; California Latino Judges Association; Los Angeles African American Women PAC; Latinas Lead California; Los Angeles County Federation of Labor; Mexican American Bar Association; Montebello-Pico Rivera Democrats; Silver Echo Feliz Democracy Club; Local 721 SEIU; Torrance Policy Officers Association; United Democrats of the San Gabriel Valley; USW Local 675

Sources

1 Ballotpedia
2 FernandaBarreto4Judge
3 Voters Edge
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