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Watch 3 of Our Unaccompanied Children Clients Testify Before Congress

Below are the details on when 3 of our unaccompanied children clients will testify before Congress on why they fled their native countries, how they were subjected to unconscionable conditions in the custody of DHS, and why they cannot return.

Additionally, the video below is of Mayeli, one of the children who will testify at the hearing.



July 24, 2014

Press Contacts:

Dan Lindner (Grijalva) – (202) 225-2435

Mike Casca (Ellison) – (202) 225-4755

 Congressional Progressive Caucus Ad-Hoc Hearing

Kids First: Examining the Southern Border Humanitarian Crisis


WASHINGTON, DC – On Tuesday, July 29th at 2:00 PM, the Congressional Progressive Caucus will hold an Ad Hoc Hearing in 2322 RHOB to receive first-hand testimony from unaccompanied minors and expert witnesses stressing the importance of prioritizing the best interests of these children.


The United States and the international community has long recognized the unique needs of children seeking asylum. As an extremely vulnerable population, unaccompanied migrant children need special care and protection. Abrogation or repeal of the Trafficking Victims Protection Reauthorization Act, including the protections to children arriving from non-contiguous countries, will do nothing to alleviate the situation and could place children in harm’s way.




Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA)

Congressman Raúl Grijalva (D-AZ)

Congressman Keith Ellison (D-MN)

Congresswoman Judy Chu (D-CA)

Congresswoman Yvette D. Clarke (D-MD)

Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky (D-IL)

Congressman Jared Polis (D-CO)


Panel 1: Children in Crisis:

12 year old child from Honduras

15 year old child from Guatemala

15 year old child from El Salvador


Panel 2: Experts Addressing the Crisis

Jessica Jones, Children and Youth Policy Advocate, Lutheran Immigration Refugee Services

Adriana Beltrán, Senior Associate for Citizen Security, Washington Office of Latin America

Megan McKenna, Communications & Advocacy Director, Kids in Need of Defense



Congressional Progressive Caucus Ad Hoc Hearing

Kids First: Examining the Southern Border Humanitarian Crisis



Tuesday, July 29th

2:00 PM – 3:30 PM



2322 Rayburn House Office Building



2 Comments Post a comment
  1. Victor Ramos #

    Got it. Did you hear from our D.C. reporter?

    July 24, 2014

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