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H.R. 2664 (115th): Enhancing Detection of Human Trafficking Act


The text of the bill below is as of Jul 12, 2017 (Passed the House).


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115th CONGRESS

1st Session

H. R. 2664

IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

AN ACT

To direct the Secretary of Labor to train certain Department of Labor personnel how to effectively detect and assist law enforcement in preventing human trafficking during the course of their primary roles and responsibilities, and for other purposes.

1.

Short title

This Act may be cited as the Enhancing Detection of Human Trafficking Act.

2.

Definition of human trafficking

In this Act the term human trafficking means an act or practice described in paragraph (9) or (10) of section 103 of the Trafficking Victims Protection Act of 2000 (22 U.S.C. 7102).

3.

Training for Department personnel to identify human trafficking

(a)

In General

Not later than 180 days after the date of enactment of this Act, the Secretary of Labor shall implement a program to—

(1)

train and periodically retrain relevant personnel across the Department of Labor that the Secretary considers appropriate, how to effectively detect and assist law enforcement in preventing human trafficking during the course of their primary roles and responsibilities; and

(2)

ensure that such personnel regularly receive current information on matters related to the detection of human trafficking, including information that becomes available outside of the Department’s initial or periodic retraining schedule, to the extent relevant to their official duties and consistent with applicable information and privacy laws.

(b)

Training described

The training referred to in subsection (a) may be conducted through in-class or virtual learning capabilities, and shall include—

(1)

methods for identifying suspected victims of human trafficking and, where appropriate, perpetrators of human trafficking;

(2)

training that is most appropriate for a particular location or environment in which the personnel receiving such training perform their official duties;

(3)

other topics determined by the Secretary to be appropriate reflecting current trends and best practices for personnel in their particular location or professional environment;

(4)

a clear course of action for referring potential cases of human trafficking to the Department of Justice and other appropriate authorities; and

(5)

a post-training evaluation for personnel receiving the training.

4.

Report to Congress

Not later than 1 year after the date of the enactment of this Act, and each year thereafter, the Secretary of Labor shall report to the appropriate congressional committees on the training provided to the personnel referred to in section 3(a), including—

(1)

an evaluation of such training and the overall effectiveness of the program required by this Act;

(2)

the number of cases referred by Department of Labor personnel in which human trafficking was suspected and the metrics used by the Department to accurately measure and track its response to instances of suspected human trafficking; and

(3)

the number of Department of Labor employees who have completed such training as required by this Act.

Passed the House of Representatives July 12, 2017.

Karen L. Haas,

Clerk.