GOVERNMENT

Paris Hilton in D.C. arguing for federal reform of ‘troubled teen’ centers

Oct 20, 2021, 10:36 PM
Paris Hilton troubled teen...
WASHINGTON, DC - OCTOBER 20: Actress and model Paris Hilton speaks during a news conference outside the U.S. Capitol October 20, 2021 in Washington, DC. Congressional Democrats held a news conference with Hilton to discuss child abuse and legislation to establish a “bill of rights” to protect children placed in congregate care facilities. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)
(Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)

WASHINGTON D.C. — Paris Hilton was at the U.S. Capitol Wednesday, arguing for reform of troubled teen centers.

The socialite turned lobbyist successfully campaigned for the same thing during Utah’s legislative session earlier this year.

Hilton has teamed up with a handful of lawmakers from around the country to propose the Accountability for Congregate Care Act. The bill would create a Department of Justice Commission to determine best practices in treatment centers. The legislation would also provide grants to improve those centers.

As a teen, Hilton spent time at a center in Provo, and Wednesday she said it still haunts her.

“For 20 years I couldn’t sleep at night, as memories of physical violence feeling of loneliness the loss of peer rushed through my mind when I shut my eyes,” Hilton said. “This was not just insomnia – it was trauma.”

Utah lawmakers approved a bill that would give more government oversight to treatment centers.  One of the new requirements asks these facilities to document their use of physical restraint and involuntary confinement and report back to the Utah Office of Licensing.

Now, Hilton urges Congress and President Biden to adopt a federal bill.

“Ensuring children are safe from institutional abuse isn’t a republican or democratic issue,” she said. “It’s a basic human rights issue that requires immediate attention.”

California Congressman Ro Khanna  is a co-sponsor of the bill and says, so far, they haven’t seen any pushback.

Read more:

 

Today’s Top Stories

Government

FILE - Attorney General Merrick Garland speaks at a news conference at the Justice Department in Wa...
The Associated Press

Justice Department sues Texas over new redistricting maps

Texas is being sued by the Justice Department over its redistricting maps.
22 hours ago
...
Curt Gresseth

Dropping ‘Big Lie’ a good first step toward compromise, says former Arizona senator

A first step toward compromise for Republicans is dropping the "Big Lie" about the last presidential election, says former Arizona Sen. Jeff Flake who is about to be sworn in as the next ambassador to Turkey.
22 hours ago
FILE - Presidential hopeful Sen. Bob Dole, R-Kan., speaks to supporter's in LeMars, Iowa., Feb. 10,...
Mark Jones

Utah’s elected leaders react to the passing of former Sen. Bob Dole

Many of Utah's elected leaders took to social media Sunday to express their thoughts on the passing of former United States Senator Bob Dole.
2 days ago
President Joe Biden speaks to members of the media before boarding Air Force One at Minneapolis-Sai...
Curt Gresseth

Analyst discusses how inflation is likely eroding Biden’s numbers

As prices on grocery items tick up, President Joe Biden's approval ratings are sinking.
3 days ago
rep. paul ray...
Eliza Craig

Lawmaker Paul Ray to resign from Utah House of Representatives

Thursday morning, Utah lawmaker Paul Ray, a Clearfield Republican, announced his plans to resign from the Utah House of Representatives.
5 days ago
President Joe Biden speaks to members of the media before boarding Air Force One at Minneapolis-Sai...
The Associated Press

US moving to toughen testing requirement for international travelers

The US is moving to make COVID-19 testing more difficult for travelers
7 days ago
Paris Hilton in D.C. arguing for federal reform of ‘troubled teen’ centers