October 20, 2021

Congressman Schiff on Legislation to Hold “Troubled Teen” Industry Accountable

Today, Congressman Adam Schiff (D-Calif.) issued the following statement after a press conference with Rep. Ro Khanna, Rep. Rosa DeLauro, Sen. Jeff Merkley, and Paris Hilton to introduce the Accountability for Congregate Care Act:

“For too long, bad actors in the troubled teen industry have been allowed to prey on desperate parents and vulnerable children, and make child abuse their business model. Children have an unequivocal right to the protection of their physical, social, and emotional well-being, but many children leave these facilities more traumatized than they were when they arrived, and some don’t leave at all. Facilities that abuse children under the guise of care have absolutely no place in our society, and I will continue to push for strong legislation that increases regulation, oversight, and transparency. I want to thank victims like Ms. Hilton for bravely sharing their stories and helping to shed light on these unconscionable abuses – for those children who have suffered, and those we must protect going forward.”