Kids in Cages: Inhumane Treatment at the Border

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

PURPOSE

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. 

BACKGROUND

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.

REP. RASKIN'S OPENING STATEMENT

WITNESSES

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