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TODAY: CPC Holds Kids-First Hearing: Examining the Southern Border Humanitarian Crisis

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Congressional Progressive Caucus Ad-Hoc Hearing

Kids First: Examining the Southern Border Humanitarian Crisis

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On Tuesday, July 29that 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.  Watch the livestream: dems.gov/live 

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 Sheila Jackson-Lee (D-TX)
  • Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky (D-IL)
  • Congressman Jared Polis (D-CO)
  • Congressman Jim McGovern (D-MA)
  • Congresswoman Lucille Roybal-Allard (D-CA)
  • Congressman Alan Lowenthal (D-CA)
  • Congressman John Conyers, Jr (D-MI)
  • Congresswoman Zoe Lofgren (D-CA)
  • Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC)

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
  • Jonathan D. Ryan, Refugee and Immigrant Center for Education and Legal Services


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