Young Center Addresses Members of Congress Visiting the Rio Grande Valley

On March 11, 2017, Young Center staff attorney Olivia Pena spoke to members of Congress visiting the Rio Grande Valley, Texas, Congresswoman Nancy Pelosi – U.S. Representative for California’s 12th district & Minority Leader of the U.S. House of Representatives for the 114th Congress, and Congressman Vicente Gonzalez – U.S. Representative for 15th District of Texas. Before a standing-room only crowd, Olivia talked about the work of the Harlingen, Texas team. There are 22 facilities for more than 3700 children in the Rio Grande Valley. Many of the children are infants and toddlers separated from their parents and families. Olivia’s passion in discussing the potential impact of new and detrimental policies on vulnerable children drew a rousing burst of applause from the roundtable participants.

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