Lorraine Torres Colon
TIDE Program Coordinator
510.587.9696 ext. 322
Lorraine Torres Colon was born in Mayaguez and raised in Guaynabo, Puerto Rico. Her own experience coming to the continental U.S. deeply motivated her subsequent work supporting migrant communities.
Lorraine received her Bachelor of Arts with honors, in Sociology from North Carolina State University. In North Carolina, she focused her research on race and ethnic relations and immigration. For her thesis, she examined and analyzed academic literature on mental health trends among Hispanic migrants in the US and proposed future avenues of research.
After receiving her degree, Lorraine began working for an immigration law firm in Raleigh, North Carolina. There she focused on working with immigrant victims of crime and with minors who had come to the United States fleeing abuse, abandonment or neglect. Since moving to the bay area, she has continued working as an immigration law paralegal for a law firm in San Francisco, specializing in family petitions and asylum. Lorraine has enjoyed the opportunity to continue assisting immigrants seek and gain lawful status and now looks forward to joining the team at the Transgender Law Center helping those at highest risk find relief from deportation.