Paris Hilton Gives Emotional Speech To Congress

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( – On Wednesday, Paris Hilton testified at a hearing of the House Ways and Means Committee at the Longworth House Office Building against residential treatment facility abuse arguing that she would push for child welfare until America’s youth is safe. 

In her testimony Hilton, 43, argued that while she does not have the experience of going through foster care, she does have personal experience on the harm that these youth residential treatment facilities can cause. As she recounted at the age of 16 she had been “ripped” from her bed and taken to the first of four facilities of this type. There she was force-fed medication and had the staff violently restrain her, strip her naked, sexually abuse her, and put her in solitary confinement. She added that her parents had been completely deceived by a for-profit industry. 

She then questioned what the experience would be for youth who did not have anyone checking on them. Over the past few years, Hilton has appeared at the Capitol a number of times to push for the residential treatment facility industry to be reformed. In 2021 she was in favor of legislation that would create a bill of rights for youth in such congregate care facilities. 

Last year, she also joined lawmakers to advocate for the Stop Institutional Child Abuse Act. On Wednesday she told lawmakers that she was there to act as the voice of children who could not speak up. She added that it was up to this committee to take action and push forward bipartisan solutions that will protect them. 

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