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PRESS CALL ADVISORY: Amidst Series of House Hearings, Experts and Hearing Witnesses Weigh-In on Child Refugee Issue

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Contact: Tanya Arditi
Phone: 202.741.6258

Contact: Katy Green
Phone: 650.464.1545

Washington, DC – The influx of child refugees fleeing violence at the U.S. border has solicited a wide variety of responses from both the Obama Administration and Congress alike.  And with a week full of House Hearings on this topic, policy experts are weighing-in to set the facts straight and offer their reactions to the recent developments surrounding this ongoing humanitarian issue.

On Wednesday June 25 at 11am ET, in the wake of Tuesday’s House Homeland Security Committee and ahead of Wednesday’s dual House Hearings in both the House Judiciary Committee and House Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on the Western Hemisphere, human rights, immigration policy and legal experts will gather on a press call to offer their reactions to Tuesday’s hearing, set the scene ahead of Wednesday’s hearings and discuss how all this should inform administrative and congressional policies going forward. Speakers will be joined by Most Reverend Mark J. Seitz, Bishop Diocese of El Paso, Texas, who’ll serve as a witness at Wednesday’s 2pm House Judiciary Committee hearing.
Kevin Appleby, Director of Migration Policy, U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops
Most Reverend Mark J. Seitz, Bishop Diocese of El Paso, Texas
Leslie E. Vélez, Senior Protection Officer, United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees
Wendy Young, President, Kids in Need of Defense (KIND)
Michelle Brané, Director of Migrant Rights and Justice, Women’s Refugee Commission

Wednesday, June 25th
11:00am ET


Dial-in Number: 866-952-1907
Passcode: CHILDREN



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