Kristen Torres Policy Associate

Kristen is a Policy Associate for First Focus. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Social Work and a MSW from the University of Alabama. She completed her field placement hours as a Policy Intern with First Focus, and continues to assist with the State Policy Advocacy & Reform Center (SPARC), child welfare policy, and early childhood policy.

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


Annie E. Casey Foundation Releases Race for Results: Building a Path to Opportunity for All Children

| November 3, 2017 |

“What could happen if the 18 million children of immigrants in the U.S. were given a path to opportunity?” Recently, the Annie E. Casey


Trump Administration Rescinds Program for Children Seeking Safety

| August 17, 2017 |

Yesterday, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) ended the Central American Minors (CAM) Parole Program. The Federal Register notice stated that DHS, “will


Children and Families Facing Eviction Briefing

| July 21, 2017 |

“Kids often go without enough to eat because the rent eats first,” said Dr. Matthew Desmond at a briefing on Capitol Hill earlier this


Senators Give Emotional Call to Stand with DREAMERS

| July 21, 2017 |

In a joint press conference on Thursday, July 20th Senator Lindsey Graham (R-SC) and Sen. Dick Durbin (D-IL) announced the reintroduction of the DREAM


Campaign Reduces Barriers for Foster Youth Who Want to Drive

| June 19, 2017 |

Learning to drive is a rite of passage to young adulthood for millions of youth. It brings new levels of independence and opportunities, enabling


We Need Policies to Fight “Lunch Shaming”

| June 2, 2017 |

This past year, news outlets have exposed the act of “lunch shaming” in school districts across the nation. Stories of shaming kids for not


Children of Immigrants Forced into the Shadows

| March 21, 2017 |

President Trump’s new immigration enforcement policies have widened the definition of priorities for deportation. Mothers and fathers who are now targeted for deportation through