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


Problematic Loophole in Protections for Juvenile Status Offenders

| November 8, 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


Letter to Senate in Support of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Reauthorization Act of 2017

| November 6, 2017 |

The First Focus Campaign for Children sent a letter to the Chairperson and Ranking Member of the Senate Judiciary Committee in support of the


Letter of Support: DREAM Act of 2017

| September 6, 2017 |

On September 6, 2017, First Focus Campaign for Children submitted the following letter to Senators Richard Durbin and Lindsey Graham, thanking them for the


Fact Sheet: The DREAM Act of 2017

| July 31, 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


Foster Youth Going Places

| 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


Campaign for Children Applauds Rep. Danny Davis for Introducing Foster Youth Driving Act (HR 2512)

| June 1, 2017 |

The First Focus Campaign for Children sent a letter to Rep. Danny Davis (IL-7) in support of his introduction of the Foster Youth Driving Act


Letter: The National Adoption and Foster Care Home Study Act

| April 21, 2017 |

On April 20, 2017, the First Focus Campaign for Children sent a letter to U.S. Representative Jared Huffman thanking him for his support of


Letter: The Timely Mental Health Act

| April 21, 2017 |

On April 20, 2017, the First Focus Campaign for Children submitted a letter to U.S. Senator Roy Blunt thanking him for his support of The


Letter of Support: Pre-K Parity Act

| March 27, 2017 |

On March 27, the First Focus Campaign for Children submitted a letter of support to US Representative Joaquin Casto for his leadership in introducing