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S. 1028 (114th): Ensuring a Better Response for Victims of Child Sex Trafficking

The text of the bill below is as of Apr 21, 2015 (Introduced).


II

114th CONGRESS

1st Session

S. 1028

IN THE SENATE OF THE UNITED STATES

April 21, 2015

introduced the following bill; which was read twice and referred to the Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions

A BILL

To amend the Child Abuse Prevention and Treatment Act to enable State child protective services systems to improve the identification and assessment of child victims of sex trafficking, and for other purposes.

1.

Short title

This Act may be cited as the Ensuring a Better Response for Victims of Child Sex Trafficking .

2.

CAPTA amendments

(a)

In general

The amendments to the Child Abuse Prevention and Treatment Act (42 U.S.C. 5101 et seq.) made by this section shall take effect no later than the date that is 2 years after the date of the enactment of this Act.

(b)

State plans

Section 106 of the Child Abuse Prevention and Treatment Act (42 U.S.C. 5106a) is amended—

(1)

in subsection (b)(2)(B)—

(A)

in clause (xxii), by striking and at the end; and

(B)

by adding at the end the following:

(xxiv)

provisions and procedures requiring identification and assessment of all reports involving children known or suspected to be victims of sex trafficking (as defined in section 103(10) of the Trafficking Victims Protection Act of 2000 (22 U.S.C. 7102 (10))); and

(xxv)

provisions and procedures for training child protective services workers about identifying, assessing, and providing comprehensive services for children who are sex trafficking victims, including efforts to coordinate with State law enforcement, juvenile justice, and social service agencies such as runaway and homeless youth shelters to serve this population;

; and

(2)

in subsection (d), by adding at the end the following:

(17)

The number of children determined to be victims described in subsection (b)(2)(B)(xxiv).

.

(c)

Special rule

(1)

In general

Section 111 of the Child Abuse Prevention and Treatment Act (42 U.S.C. 5106g) is amended—

(A)

by striking For purposes and inserting the following:

(a)

Definitions

For purposes

; and

(B)

by adding at the end the following:

(b)

Special rule

(1)

In general

For purposes of section 3(2) and subsection (a)(4), a child shall be considered a victim of child abuse and neglect and of sexual abuse if the child is identified, by a State or local agency employee of the State or locality involved, as being a victim of sex trafficking (as defined in paragraph (10) of section 103 of the Trafficking Victims Protection Act of 2000 (22 U.S.C. 7102)) or a victim of severe forms of trafficking in persons described in paragraph (9)(A) of that section.

(2)

State option

Notwithstanding the definition of child in section 3(1), a State may elect to define that term for purposes of the application of paragraph (1) to section 3(2) and subsection (a)(4) as a person who has not attained the age of 24.

.

(2)

Conforming amendment

Section 3(2) of the Child Abuse Prevention and Treatment Act (42 U.S.C. 5101 note) is amended by inserting (including sexual abuse as determined under section 111) after sexual abuse or exploitation.

(3)

Technical correction

Paragraph (5)(C) of subsection (a), as so designated, of section 111 of the Child Abuse Prevention and Treatment Act (42 U.S.C. 5106g) is amended by striking inhumane; and inserting inhumane..