Paris Hilton reflects on her week of activism in Washington, DC, which is part of her ongoing advocacy to end child abuse.
Hilton claimed to have been a victim of physical and emotional abuse at a Utah boarding school as a teenager and urged greater government oversight of boarding schools, foster care and other organizations for troubled children and teens.
Since arriving in the nation’s capital on Tuesday, she has joined forces with other survivors, met with lawmakers on Capitol Hill, discussed issues with White House policymakers and held a news conference calling for the end of the lockdown. Institutional Child Abuse Act, which would increase reporting and monitoring of these institutions.
Making a difference: Paris Hilton, 41, reflected on her week in Washington, DC as part of the drive to increase government oversight of boarding schools, foster care and other organizations for troubled children and teens
“What an incredible week in #WashingtonDC! So excited about all the important meetings this week at @WhiteHouse and #CapitolHill,” she began in the caption of a new video she posted to Instagram on Saturday.
“I loved spending time with the entire community of survivors, thank you for coming to DC to raise awareness and tell your stories. Your courage and strength made such an impact,” she added, before pledging to continue lobbying.
“As promised, I won’t stop until the change is implemented and I’ll be back soon DC!” she concluded, along with the hashtags: ‘#iSeeYouSurvivor #Unsilenced #BreakingCodeSilence #StopInstitutionalChildAbuseAct’
Motivated: As part of her lobbying efforts, the reality star and activist met with lawmakers on Capitol Hill and with policymakers in the White House
Personal motivation: “For me, I really just turn my pain into a goal,” she said during one of her meetings with the legislator, adding: “I believe God has let me go through this and give me this gift and this platform so that one day I could be the hero I always needed’
Pressing for stricter supervision: ‘I just think that these places should be held accountable. They need to know they’re being watched,” Hilton told lawmakers on Capitol Hill
Personal experience: Hilton has previously claimed that she was emotionally and physically abused when she spent 11 months in a Utah boarding school as a teenager
The push: The former Simple Life stat spoke to lawmakers about proposed reforms and how they could change young people’s lives
At the top of the video, Hilton can be seen recording clips of the Capitol as she is driven through the city.
“For me, I really just make my pain a goal,” she said during one of her meetings with lawmakers, adding, “I believe God let me go through this and give me this gift and this platform, so one day I could be the hero I always needed.’
She then spoke with lawmakers about how proposed reforms could really change the lives of young people.
“I just think these places should be held accountable,” she explained. “They need to know they’re being watched.”
Dressed in a black skirt with a sheer black polka dot blouse, Hilton is then seen outside the Capitol talking to other lawmakers and the occasional fan.
Have a voice: The reality star shared phrases like ‘not quiet now’, ‘trapped in treatment’, ‘think of us’ and ‘breaking code silence’ in her Instagram posts as she made the rounds of Capitol Hill last week
Pushing Forward: Dressed in a black skirt with a sheer black polka-dot blouse, Hilton is then seen outside the Capitol grounds talking to other lawmakers
Compliments: A lawmaker praised Hilton for using her platform as a celebrity to raise awareness of the issue of child abuse through these various institutions
Making a difference: A lawmaker told Hilton she and others in support of reforms have actually ‘moved’ the issue
Strike a pose: As expected, there was an occasional selfie with Hilton supporters and fans
To wrap it up: The Paris In Love star ended the video with a closing statement at the end of meetings on Capitol Hill, where she confessed her meetings were “so impactful.”
The Paris In Love star ended the video with a closing statement that came at the end of her fourth meeting day.
“It’s been four incredible days; so impactful,” she began, before sharing her optimism for the future. “I feel like everyone really understands the gravity of this, and I’m just excited about how the meeting went because I said I wouldn’t stop fighting until a change was made. And I’ll be back.’
Hilton made the trip to Washington, DC with her husband, venture capitalist Carter Reum.
As part of Hilton’s lobbying efforts to raise awareness over the years, she accused some staff members at Utah’s Provo Canyon School of abusing her emotionally, physically, and psychologically during her 11-month stay as a 16-year-old.
During testimony in Utah in 2021, she revealed that she had been sent to boarding school in an attempt to tame her rebellious parties as a teenager.
It takes a village: Hilton thanked the community of survivors for coming to DC to raise awareness and tell your stories. Your courage and strength made such an impact’
Supportive: Hilton made the trip to Washington, DC with her husband, venture capitalist Carter Reum
Pushing Forward: Hilton vowed not to stop fighting until change is made, and that she will be back to Washington, DC to continue pushing for reform through legislation