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S. 3597 (115th): Protecting Child Trafficking Victim Witnesses Act

The text of the bill below is as of Oct 11, 2018 (Introduced).


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115th CONGRESS

1st Session

S. 3597

IN THE SENATE OF THE UNITED STATES

October 11, 2018

introduced the following bill; which was read twice and referred to the Committee on the Judiciary

A BILL

To strengthen protections for child trafficking victims testifying against human traffickers.

1.

Short title

This Act may be cited as the Protecting Child Trafficking Victim Witnesses Act.

2.

Victim-centered protocols

Not later than 180 days after the date of the enactment of this Act, the Attorney General shall issue guidance directing Federal prosecutors to institute victim-centered protocols to strengthen protections for child trafficking victims testifying against human traffickers.

3.

Training for Federal prosecutors

Subsection (c)(1)(B) of the Combat Human Trafficking Act of 2015 (42 U.S.C. 14044g(c)(1)(B)) is amended—

(1)

by striking training on seeking restitution and inserting the following: “training on—

(i)

seeking restitution

;

(2)

by striking the period at the end and inserting ; and; and

(3)

by adding at the end the following:

(ii)

specific, victim-centered protocols to strengthen protections for child trafficking victims testifying against human traffickers, including training to minimize the need for child trafficking victim witnesses.

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4.

Additional uses for victim-centered child human trafficking deterrence block grant

Section 203(b)(1) of the Trafficking Victims Protection Reauthorization Act of 2005 (34 U.S.C. 20703(b)(1)) is amended—

(1)

in subparagraph (D), by striking and at the end;

(2)

in subparagraph (E), by adding and at the end; and

(3)

by adding at the end the following:

(F)

strengthen protections for child trafficking victims testifying against human traffickers, including training to minimize the need for child trafficking victim witnesses.

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