Kristen Torres Director

Kristen is the Policy Director for Child Welfare and Immigration for First Focus. She earned her Master’s degree in Social Work from the University of Alabama. In addition to the child welfare and immigration policy issue areas, Kristen assists with the State Policy Advocacy & Reform Center (SPARC), a coalition of state child welfare advocates.

Prior to joining First Focus, Kristen interned at the Hinds County Public Defender’s office in Jackson, Mississippi. She advocated for policy changes related to mental health, criminal justice reform, and family economics. Before finishing her bachelor’s degree, Kristen worked in healthcare for long-term care and memory care patients.

Kristen lives in Arlington, Virginia with her husband and two children.

Resources by Kristen Torres


Without Congressional Action for DACA and TPS, Hundreds of Thousands of U.S. Citizen Children will Experience Family Separation

| December 18, 2018 |

Because Congress has neglected to act, the future for more than 800,000 recipients of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program still remains uncertain. In 2016, the Trump


Letter to HHS on Changes to the Unaccompanied Alien Children’s (UAC) Program

| November 30, 2018 |

First Focus sent a letter to the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to express our deep concern with recent policy changes to


The Proposed Public Charge Rule is an Attack on Family-Based Immigration

| November 28, 2018 |

Family unity is often a key motivation for immigration. Mothers, fathers, sons, and daughters who seek to sponsor their immediate family members may do


Fact Sheet: The Public Charge Rule Harms Children

| October 10, 2018 |

The strength of our country’s economic future is dependent on the wellbeing of our nation’s children, who make up our future tax base. Children


Inside the Tornillo Shelter for Unaccompanied Children

| October 1, 2018 |

  The influx shelter or “tent city” located at the port of entry in Tornillo, TX is used to temporarily house unaccompanied children. I


Statement: Proposed Rule Would Allow Indefinite Detention of Children

| September 11, 2018 |

Detention for any amount of time has negative life-long consequences for a child’s mental and physical well-being, and these consequences are compounded for children who have already


Deadline Looms for Reuniting Separated Families

| July 25, 2018 |

While family reunification efforts due to the Trump administration’s family separation policy are underway, more than one thousand families still face significant hurdles to


House Bill Tackling Opioid Epidemic Emphasizes Needs of Affected Children

| June 28, 2018 |

On Friday, June 22, the House of Representatives passed H. R. 6, SUPPORT for Patients and Communities Act, by a vote of 396 –


This Foster Care Month, Pass Laws to Improve the Lives of Foster Children

| May 7, 2018 |

May is National Foster Care Month. Last week President Trump issued a statement in support of this recognition and expressed gratitude for the thousands


Separating Children From Their Families Is Cruel and Un-American

| April 26, 2018 |

An 18-month-old toddler is currently being held in San Antonio while the mother is 120 miles away in an immigration detention center. A mother