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

7 Ways Congress Can Honor Children on Universal Children’s Day

| November 20, 2017 |

Countries all around the world are celebrating children’s rights today. Today marks the 63rd anniversary of the United Nations establishing November 20 to be

House Hearing Highlights Needs of Children in Opioid Crisis

| November 10, 2017 |

The U.S. House Subcommittee on Early Childhood, Elementary, and Secondary Education and the Subcommittee on Higher Education and Workforce Development held a joint hearing

White House Immigration Principles Violate Children’s Human Rights

| October 9, 2017 |

WASHINGTON—First Focus abhors the lasting harm to children that would result from the Trump Administration’s immigration principles, which were announced late Sunday night. “It’s

Letter to Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights

| October 6, 2017 |

On October 4, 2017, First Focus sent a letter to Professor Philip Alton, of the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights. First

Study Shows Americans Agree: Poor Child Well-Being is a Top Issue

| October 3, 2017 |

Recently the Public Religion Research Institute (PRRI) released national survey results on perspectives of Americans on child and family well-being in the U.S., with

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.