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H.R. 357 (114th): Human Trafficking Prevention Act

The text of the bill below is as of Jan 27, 2015 (Referred to Senate Committee). The bill was not enacted into law.



1st Session

H. R. 357


January 27, 2015

Received; read twice and referred to the Committee on Foreign Relations


To amend the Trafficking Victims Protection Act of 2000 to expand the training for Federal Government personnel related to trafficking in persons, and for other purposes.


Short title

This Act may be cited as the Human Trafficking Prevention Act.


Expanded training relating to trafficking in persons

Section 105(c)(4) of the Trafficking Victims Protection Act of 2000 (22 U.S.C. 7105(c)(4)) is amended—


by inserting , including members of the Service (as such term is defined in section 103 of the Foreign Service Act of 1980 (22 U.S.C. 3903)) after Department of State; and


by adding at the end the following:

Training under this paragraph shall include, at a minimum, the following:


A distance learning course on trafficking-in-persons issues and the Department of State’s obligations under this Act, targeted for embassy reporting officers, regional bureaus’ trafficking-in-persons coordinators, and their superiors.


Specific trafficking-in-persons briefings for all ambassadors and deputy chiefs of mission before such individuals depart for their posts.


At least annual reminders to all such personnel, including appropriate personnel from other Federal departments and agencies, at each diplomatic or consular post of the Department of State located outside the United States of key problems, threats, methods, and warning signs of trafficking in persons specific to the country or jurisdiction in which each such post is located, and appropriate procedures to report information that any such personnel may acquire about possible cases of trafficking in persons.


Passed the House of Representatives January 26, 2015.

Karen L. Haas,