Kristen Torres Director

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


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


The New Children’s Crusade

| March 14, 2018 |

“Thoughts and Prayers Don’t Save Lives, student lie-in at the White House to protest gun laws” by Lorie Shaull is licensed under CC BY 2.0. It was


The State of Play for DACA and Dreamers

| February 9, 2018 |

On Friday morning, Congress passed the Bipartisan Budget Act which included important gains for children and families such as: An additional four-year extension of


Terminating TPS will Force Families to Make Desperate Decisions

| January 8, 2018 |

Today the Trump Administration ended the Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for almost 200,000 Salvadorans who were granted protections from deportation when multiple earthquakes shook


Ending Temporary Protected Status (TPS) will Harm Hundreds of Thousands of U.S. Children

| November 28, 2017 |

On November 20th, the Trump administration announced that it was ending Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for more than 60,000 Haitians who came to the


Problematic Loophole in Protections for Juvenile Status Offenders

| November 7, 2017 |

For decades, the Juvenile Justice Delinquency Prevention Act (JJDPA) has provided protections for kids in the juvenile justice system. Prior to the enactment of


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