Franco Torres

Franco Torres is the Supervising Attorney for the Legal Department at the African Services Committee (ASC). He supervises a team of attorneys, paralegals, accredited representatives, fellows, and student-interns. He represents ASC’s legal department before the wider community of legal services providers and advocacy partners. He oversees a portfolio of legal initiatives and assists management in the preparation of grant applications to seek ongoing and sustainable funding for the legal department programs. He manages compliance with various program reporting requirements, such as maintaining monthly statistics and case reports, and reporting to funders and stakeholders. He oversees the Immigrant Community Law Center, a low-bono clinic, including practice development and financial performance tracking.  In collaboration with the Pro Bono Coordinator, he oversees ASC’s pro bono and volunteer program development. He also advises ASC leadership on a variety of policy and advocacy initiatives. 

Prior to his work at ASC, Franco served as a supervising attorney at Catholic Charities Community Services in New York City. He was also an adjunct instructor at the St. John’s School of Law Immigrant Rights and Refugee Litigation Clinic, where he taught both immigration law and practice. He created and presented a weekly segment on Univision New York’s nightly news where he informed and educated the public about immigration related issues. Prior to his work at Catholic Charities and St. John’s, Franco was awarded an Equal Justice Works Fellowship to work in Miami, Florida. There he created a program to provide Know Your Rights presentations, free legal screenings and pro bono legal services to over a thousand men detained by Immigration and Customs Enforcement throughout the state of Florida. 

Franco received his Juris Doctorate from Boston University School of Law where he graduated with honors and with a concentration in Litigation and Dispute Resolution. He was the recipient of the Warren S. Gilford Humanity and Law Prize for his work both representing indigent criminal defendants before the Boston Municipal Court; and representing immigration detainees pro bono. 

Franco also holds a Master’s degree in Education from Pepperdine University; and a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science from Stanford University. He is a member of both the Florida and New York Bars. He is fluent in Spanish. He was born and raised in Brooklyn, New York.