Victims and children at-risk of trafficking often come into contact with the child welfare and juvenile justice systems.
H.R. 1732, The Strengthening the Child Welfare Response to Human Trafficking Act of 2013, is a critical piece of legislation that works to ensure that child victims of human trafficking are being properly identified by state child welfare agencies and receiving the comprehensive services they need to recover.
The bill was introduced on April 25, and it is now up to two committees to send it on to the House as a whole in order for it to be enacted.
Take Action! We’re asking everyone to contact the Chairmen of the committees and urge them to send HR1732 to the House– John Kline: House Committee on Education and the Workforce Dave Camp: House Committee on Ways and Means
Go to www.love146.org/HR1732 to ask Representative Kline and Camp to protect children today!
H.R. 1732, The Strengthening the Child Welfare Response to Human Trafficking Act of 2013:
1. Directs the Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS) to publish guidelines to assist child welfare agencies and juvenile/family courts to serve youth who are victims or at-risk of trafficking.
2. Amends the Social Security Act to require a state plan for foster care and adoption assistance to require efforts be made to identify and document victims of trafficking in agency records, specifying the type of trafficking the child has experienced.
3. Requires the state plan to make it mandatory for the agency to report children who have been missing, abducted, or identified as a victim of trafficking to appropriate law enforcement within 72 hours for entry into the National Crime Information Center database.
4. Amends the Child Abuse Prevention and Treatment Act to require the state plan for a child abuse/neglect prevention program to contain an assurance that state law has provisions in place for the assessment/identification of victims of trafficking, as well as comprehensive training/services to serve such victims.