Michele Kayal Vice President, Media and Communications

Michele Kayal is an award-winning journalist who has covered everything from post-Communist Europe to country music cookbooks for the New York Times, Associated Press, NPR and other national outlets. As a “recovering reporter” she now deploys her media and communications skills on behalf of the children served by First Focus and First Focus Campaign for Children.

Before joining First Focus, Michele spent three years leading communications for Relief International, a $100 million humanitarian organization providing refugee assistance in 16 countries. For more on Michele’s background, please visit her LinkedIn profile.   

Resources by Michele Kayal


Press Conference: The Threat of the Public Charge Rule to America’s Children

| August 16, 2019 |

The Trump Administration’s public charge rule, published August 14, 2019, targets family-based immigration and specifically singles out children. First Focus on Children hosted a


Press Release: First Focus on Children calls public charge rule “morally reprehensible, economically foolish”

| August 12, 2019 |

Urges Congress to block funding The Trump Administration’s new public charge rule, finalized today despite historic public opposition, imposes sweeping changes on long-standing, bipartisan


Proposed Changes to SNAP will Overwhelmingly Harm Children

| July 23, 2019 |

Today, the Trump Administration has proposed yet another rule that will make it harder for families with children to put food on the table.


Statement on Trump Administration’s Plan for Mass Immigration Arrests

| July 12, 2019 |

WASHINGTON — The Trump Administration reportedly plans to launch massive immigration raids over the weekend that specifically target children and families in major cities


Press Release: SCOTUS decision on Census preserves the health, welfare and rights of millions of children

| June 27, 2019 |

But Commerce Department must finalize forms on time to limit extent of undercount  WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court’s decision to at least temporarily block


#ChildrensWeek2019 Podlet: An Interview with Helen Blank

| June 13, 2019 |

This year to highlight issues in advocacy for early education, our Averi Pakulis and Karen Howard sat down with Helen Blank, who has been


Joint Statement with CLASP: Children and Youth Organizations Condemn Cuts to Educational and Recreational Services for Migrant Children

| June 12, 2019 |

Today, more than 100 national, state, and local organizations that serve or advocate on behalf of children and youth joined together to condemn the


Statement: CPAG Responds to OMB Proposal on New Poverty Calculation

| May 24, 2019 |

The U.S. Child Poverty Action Group, a partnership of child advocates dedicated to ending child poverty, stands opposed to a recent proposal being explored


Statement: 5th Child Dies in the Custody of the Federal Government 

| May 20, 2019 |

Today’s tragic news of the death of another child while in the custody of the United States Customs and Border Protection (CBP) must deliver