Director of Reentry Initiatives
Gabe Torres-Rivera convenes monthly meetings of the New York Reentry Roundtable; coordinates with the Roundtable legislative committee to formulate a reentry legislative agenda; coordinates the annual Albany Advocacy Day; issues white papers on reentry-related topic areas; and provides community outreach in support of CSS reentry initiatives and other program areas. Prior to joining CSS, Gabe worked at the Center for Constitutional Rights, as Coordinator of the Movement Support Resource Center. Before that he worked for the New York City Housing Authority as Coordinator of the Drug Elimination Program.
In 1998 as a spokesperson for Amnesty International, Gabe toured England, Scotland, and Ireland as an invited guest speaker to discuss police brutality, the death penalty, and the prison industrial complex in the United States. He graduated from the City University of New York Law School, and holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Education from City College of New York. Gabe has also received numerous awards for community activism and organizing. Important mentors in his life include Richie Perez, former CSS Director of Political Development, whom Gabe describes as “an old friend and the person who brought me to CSS.”
“As a formerly incarcerated person, I know of the unjust barriers faced by people released from prison. I have both a personal and professional stake in the issue. ”