Paris Hilton is reflecting back on her week of activism in Washington, DC, which is part of her ongoing advocacy work to help stamp out child abuse.
Having claimed to be a victim of physical and emotional abuse at a Utah boarding school as a teenager, Hilton has been pushing for more 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 joined forces with fellow survivors, met with lawmakers on Capitol Hill, discussed the issues with policy staff at the White House, and held a press conference where she called for the passage of the Stop Institutional Child Abuse Act, which would increase reporting and oversight of these institutions.
Making a difference: Paris Hilton, 41, reflected on her week in Washington, DC as part of the push for more government oversight of boarding schools, foster care and other organizations for troubled children and teens
‘Such an incredible week in #WashingtonDC! So thrilled with all the important meetings this week at the @WhiteHouse and #CapitolHill,’ she began in the caption of a new video she posted on Instagram on Saturday.
‘Loved spending time with all the survivor community, thank you all for coming to DC to raise awareness and tell your stories. Your bravery and strength has made such an impact,’ she added, before promising to continue the lobbying effort.
‘As promised, I won’t stop until change is made and I will 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 policy staff at the White House
Personal motivation: ‘For me, I’m really just turning my pain into a purpose,’ she said during one of her meetings with lawmaker, adding, ‘I believe God made me go through this, and gave me this gift and this platform, so one day I could be the hero that I always needed’
Push for tougher oversight: ‘I just feel that these places need to be held accountable. They need to know that they are bing 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 at a Utah boarding school when she was a teenager
The push: The former Simple Life stat talked to lawmakers about proposed reforms and how they could make a different in the lives of young people
Off the top of the video, Hilton can be seen shooting clips of the Capitol as she’s being driven through the city.
‘For me, I’m really just turning my pain into a purpose,’ she said during one of her meetings with lawmakers, adding, ‘I believe God made me go through this, and gave me this gift and this platform, so one day I could be the hero that I always needed.’
She then talked to lawmakers about how proposed reforms could actually make a different in the lives of young people.
‘I just feel that these places need to be held accountable,’ she explained. ‘They need to know that they are bing watched.’
Dressed in a black skirt with a sheer black polkadot blouse, Hilton is then seen outside the Capitol grounds talking with other lawmakers, and the occasional fan.
Having a voice: The reality star has been sharing such statements as ‘unsilenced now’, ‘trapped in treatment’, ‘think of us’ and ‘breaking code silence’ in her Instagram posts, while making the round of Capitol Hill this past week
Pushing onwards: Dressed in black skirt with a sheer black polkadot blouse, Hilton is then seen outside the Capitol grounds talking with other lawmakers
Complimented: One lawmaker praised Hilton for using her platform as a celebrity to bring attention to the issue of child abuse through these varied institutions
Making a difference: One lawmaker informed Hilton that she and others in support of reforms actually ‘moved the needle’ on the issue
Strike a pose: As expected, there was the occasional selfie with supporters and fans of Hilton
Wrapping it up: The Paris In Love star ended the video with a final statement at the conclusion of meetings on Capitol Hill, where she confessed her meetings were ‘so impactful’
The Paris In Love star ended the video with a final statement which came at the conclusion of her fourth day of meetings.
‘It’s been an incredible four days; so impactful,’ she began, before sharing her optimism moving forward. ‘I feel like everyone is really understanding the seriousness of this, and I am just thrilled with how ever meeting went because I said I would not stop fighting until change is made. And I will be back.’
Hilton made the trip to Washington, DC with her husband, venture capitalist Carter Reum.
As part of Hilton’s lobbying efforts to bring awareness over the years, she accused some staff members at the Provo Canyon School in Utah of inflicting emotional, physical and psychological abuse on her during her 11-month stay as a 16-year-old.
During testimony in Utah in 2021, she revealed she was sent to the boarding school in an attempt to tame her rebellious partying as a teenager.
It takes a village: Hilton thanked the survivor community ‘for coming to DC to raise awareness and tell your stories. Your bravery and strength has made such an impact’
Supportive: Hilton made the trip to Washington, DC with her husband, venture capitalist Carter Reum
Pushing forward: Hilton vowed to ‘not stop fighting until change is made’, and that she will be back to Washington, DC to continue pushing for reforms through legislation