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H.R. 2268 - Empowering Educators to Prevent Trafficking Act
Introduced: 2017-05-01
Bill Status: Referred to the House Committee on Education and the Workforce.
 
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115th CONGRESS
1st Session
H. R. 2268


    To authorize the Administrator of the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention of the Department of Justice to award grants to local educational agencies to establish, expand, and support programs to train school staff to recognize and respond to signs of labor and sex trafficking and to provide classroom curricula to students on how to avoid becoming victims of labor and sex trafficking.


IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

May 1, 2017

    Mrs. Davis of California (for herself, Mrs. Wagner, Mr. Kinzinger, and Ms. Jenkins of Kansas) introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on Education and the Workforce


A BILL

    To authorize the Administrator of the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention of the Department of Justice to award grants to local educational agencies to establish, expand, and support programs to train school staff to recognize and respond to signs of labor and sex trafficking and to provide classroom curricula to students on how to avoid becoming victims of labor and sex trafficking.

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled,

SECTION 1. Short title.

This Act may be cited as the “Empowering Educators to Prevent Trafficking Act”.

SEC. 2. Grants for training school staff to recognize and respond to signs of labor and sex trafficking.

(a) In general.—The Administrator of the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention of the Department of Justice may award grants to local educational agencies to establish, expand, and support programs—

(1) to train school staff to recognize and respond to signs of labor trafficking and sex trafficking; and

(2) to provide classroom curricula to students on how to avoid becoming victims of labor trafficking and sex trafficking.

(b) Program requirements.—A program funded through a grant under this section shall include—

(1) training on—

(A) indicators that an individual is a victim or potential victim of labor trafficking or sex trafficking;

(B) options and procedures for referring such an individual, as appropriate, to—

(i) information on such trafficking; and

(ii) legal, social, and health services for victims of such trafficking;

(C) reporting requirements and procedures in accordance with applicable Federal and State law; and

(D) how to administer classroom curricula provided pursuant to subsection (a)(2); and

(2) a plan, developed and implemented in consultation with local law enforcement authorities, to ensure the safety of school staff reporting such trafficking.

(c) Priority.—In awarding grants under this section, the Administrator of the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention of the Department of Justice shall give priority to local educational agencies serving a high-intensity child sex trafficking area.

(d) Definitions.—In this Act:

(1) ESEA TERMS.—The terms “elementary school”; “local educational agency”; “other staff”; and “secondary school” have the meanings given the terms in section 8101 of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 (20 U.S.C. 7801).

(2) HIGH-INTENSITY CHILD SEX TRAFFICKING AREA.—The term “high-intensity child sex trafficking area” means a metropolitan area designated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation as a high intensity child prostitution area.

(3) LABOR TRAFFICKING.—The term “labor trafficking” means conduct described in section 103(9)(B) of the Trafficking Victims Protection Act of 2000 (22 U.S.C. 7102(9)(B)).

(4) SCHOOL STAFF.—The term “school staff” means teachers, nurses, security personnel, school leaders and administrators, and other staff at elementary schools and secondary schools.

(5) SEX TRAFFICKING.—The term “sex trafficking” means the conduct described in section 103(9)(A) of the Trafficking Victims Protection Act of 2000 (22 U.S.C. 7102(9)(A)).


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