Rricha Mathur Senior Policy Advisor, Child Welfare and Child Rights; Assistant Director, SPARC

Rricha Mathur is the Senior Policy Advisor, Child Welfare and Child Rights for First Focus and the Assistant Director for the State Policy Advocacy and Reform Center. Her primary responsibilities are assisting in the managing of the State Policy Advocacy & Reform Center (SPARC) and the Childhood Asthma Leadership Coalition (CALC) programs. She also assists with research and advocacy on children’s health policy and child welfare policy.

Prior to joining First Focus, Rricha interned at the National Alliance to End Homelessness and the National Law Center on Homelessness and Poverty working specifically on alleviating youth homelessness, enforcing provisions of the Protecting Tenants at Foreclosure Act, and organizing information on constructive alternatives to criminalizing homeless. She also interned as a Law Clerk for Legal Services Corporation working on regulatory analysis and other general counsel duties. In addition, Rricha provided direct legal representation to low-income individuals in child custody cases and unemployment compensation hearings, and continues to volunteer in legal clinics in the D.C. Area.

Rricha holds a B.A. in International Relations from the University of California-Davis, and a J.D. from the University of Pittsburgh School of Law.

Resources by Rricha Mathur


Trump Administration Ends DACA, Creating Uncertainty for Hundreds of Thousands of Children and Families

| September 8, 2017 |

Earlier this week, the Trump Administration announced that it would be ending the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program which has been in


Increasing the Minimum Wage is Good for Child Well-Being

| August 31, 2017 |

A new study from researchers at Indiana University finds that raising the minimum wage by $1 per hour would lead to a substantial decrease


In the News: New research links increased minimum wage to reduced child maltreatment

| August 29, 2017 |

Bruce Lesley, Cara Baldari and Rricha Mathur provided comments for an article for the Chronicle of Social Change published on August 29, 2017 about the


Trump’s Executive Actions Pose Serious Threat to Kids

| January 31, 2017 |

This weekend saw a great deal of chaos as authorities attempted to implement President Trump’s recent executive orders that ban entries from seven Muslim


Why Federal Rights for Children are Important

| November 21, 2016 |

The UN Convention on the Right of the Child (CRC) in an international human rights treaty that promotes the rights of all children worldwide.


Clinton Campaign Discusses Child Welfare Issues with Former Foster Youth

| November 8, 2016 |

Over the weekend, Anne Holton, the wife of Vice-Presidential Candidate Tim Kaine, spoke with Lexie Gruber and Sixto Cancel, two former foster youth, to


Legislation to prevent kids from entering foster care moves in the House

| June 20, 2016 |

Wednesday the House Ways and Means Committee marked up and passed the Family First Prevention Services Act of 2016. The bill marks a major step


Supreme Court rules kids still count

| April 5, 2016 |

Children have a right to be counted as residents and to have their interests taken into consideration when decisions are being made by legislators.


National Healthy Schools Day Celebrates Healthy Environments for Kids

| April 5, 2016 |

Today is the 14th Annual National Healthy Schools Day, an effort spearheaded by the Healthy Schools Network to celebrate programs in schools that promote healthy environments.


Reframing the Opioid Epidemic: Lawmakers Must Put Children First

| April 5, 2016 |

Youth Today By Rricha Mathur 4/4/16 In recent months, much attention has been drawn to the substance abuse and opioid crisis in the United