United States – Paris Hilton, popular for featuring in a reality television show, is to be a witness before a hearing of the committee on Wednesday on the need to reauthorize a federal program that addresses children under foster care in the United States.

Background and Advocacy

Hilton, who is 43 years old, is the great-granddaughter of Hilton Hotels founder Conrad Hilton; she had gone to the media to recount her ordeal, whereby she was emotionally and physically abused when she was put in residential youth treatment facilities as a teen, as reported by Reuters.

Personal Testimony and Advocacy Efforts

Hilton first shared her story of spending time in a Utah facility –, which she claims has made her suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder, which she still has to this day, in 2021, and has been actively advocating for the increase in the oversight of the system.

“If I tried to tell my parents about the abuse, the staff would immediately rip the phone from my hand, disconnect the call, and I’d be subject to violent physical restraints and solitary confinement,” Hilton said during a briefing to a California state legislature committee in April while testifying in favor of a bill seeking to compel most youth treatment facilities to be more transparent.

Focus of the Testimony

Hilton and several other witnesses will be able to tell how exactly one can enhance the U.S. child welfare program with special highlights on what should be done in an effort to avoid putting the child in foster care and how the best interest of the child can be met by prioritizing placement with a familiar face, as reported by Reuters.