Kids in Cages: Inhumane Treatment at the Border

Wednesday, July 10, 2019 - 2:30pm
2154 Rayburn House Office Building, Washington, DC 20515
Kids in Cages: Inhumane Treatment at the Border


The hearing will examine the impact of the Trump Administration’s deterrence policies on the humanitarian crisis at the border, recent reports of dangerous conditions and medical neglect, and the lack of accountability for abuse and misconduct at detention facilities. 


One of the hearing witnesses is Yazmin Juárez, who fled from Guatemala with her 19- month old daughter Mariee to seek asylum in the United States. They were held in an Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) detention facility for nearly three weeks, where the toddler became increasingly ill. Ms. Juárez repeatedly requested medical care, and her daughter was prescribed medication, but her condition did not improve. Mariee was immediately hospitalized after ICE discharged them, but died six weeks later. Ms. Juárez has filed a wrongful death claim against the U.S. government.



Panel 1

Yazmin Juárez

Asylum Seeker

Panel 2

Michael Breen

President and Chief Executive Officer Human Rights First


Clara Long Deputy

Washington Director Human Rights Watch


Hope Frye

Executive Director Project Lifeline


Dr. Carlos A. Gutierrez, M.D. F.A.A.P.

Pediatrics Private Practice


Ronald D. Vitiello

(Minority Witness) Former Chief, U.S. Border Patrol Former Acting Director, Immigration and Customs Enforcement 

116th Congress